The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Funke Egbemode has cautioned Journalists in the country not to engage in shoddy deals with politicians.
Funke, who spoke today, Thursday, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the 14th All Nigeria Editors Conference in Asaba, Delta State, said that the Guild condemned in entirety, corruption in the journalism profession.
She is of the view that corrupt journalists would not go far in the profession, stressing that it is the duty of journalists to put the politicians on check rather than hobnobbing with them with a view to do shoddy jobs.
“Whatever is bad is bad, you can’t say because you are poorly paid and you turn to prostitution, corruption must be tamed.
“You can’t go far being a corrupt journalist and for the political journalists, it would even be worse.”
The President of the guild insisted that it is the job of everyone, particularly during the electioneering periods to do what was right.
“It is our job to put the politicians, all stakeholders on check, especially during the elections because if we leave them, to their narrow minded bidding, they would forget to do what the constitution say.
“Politicians are like unbelievers, they only read the sections of the scripture in the two Holy Books that they think is right for them.
“Like the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said while speaking at the conference, protecting journalism profession is the responsibility of all of us, particularly the gate keepers.
“I implore all colleagues who are principal editors that we need to do anything within the professional bounds and boundaries to protect journalism.”
On the impact of technology and the social media, she said all conventional media outfit must brace up with the challenge, though they might not stop other people from doing their business.
“But as conventional media, we are standing on a firmer ground and we have structures, we should deploy them to do a better job with technology.
“On the 2019 general elections, we are doing our best by holding this conference, we do this every year and we will continue to engage editor’s band to remind ourselves of our duties.”