A Human rights activist and lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has urged journalists not to peddle rumours in their quest to fight injustice in the country.
Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), gave the advice on Monday night at the 14th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting at Ikeja, Lagos.
The award was organised by Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) to celebrate journalists who take the risk of protecting democracy.
The human rights activist while congratulating the awardees also urged them to keep up the good work.
“We must ensure we fight injustice until it is over in our country.
“I will also urge us all, particularly journalists, not to peddle rumours in their quest to fight injustice,” he said
Earlier in his remarks, WSCIJ Board Chairman, Prof. Ropo Sekoni, commended the finalists and honourary award recipients for a great work done.
Sekoni appealed to citizens across class, faith and nationality on the need to remain steadfast in sustaining the democracy attained in the country, at great sacrifice in 1999.
“Our culturally diverse country needs democracy more than most people can imagine.
“Democracy requires that political leaders and followers show respect for and tolerance of different perspectives, values for without which electoral democracy may not achieve its most important goal,” he said.
- See a full list of winners of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting HERE.