The Executive Governor of Ogun State Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR took to his verified twitter page reacted to the spread of malicious information by social media users as he stated below
Today at the 160th celebration of the birth of journalism in Abeokuta, I expressed my disagreement with the unpopular call for the death sentence of persons who deliberately dole out false information online whether to defame characters or to hit up the polity.
The increase in the spread of malicious information by social media users and unethical journalists is at a rate worthy of concern. However, if any law is to be put in place, it should neither propose capital punishment nor disallow free speech.
I urge journalists to adhere to their code of ethics in the practice of their profession. Other social media users too should always do well to verify information before sharing same on social media.
Also present at the event was a Former Governor of Ogun State, himself a seasoned journalist with a track record of professionalism, Chief Olusegun Osoba.