By NJOCK O., DHOVI C., ETONGWE E., KUM B., & NGAKI A. (UB journalism students on Internship)
Some student journalists currently on internship in media houses in the city of Limbe have been sensitised on Hate Speech and Fake News, with a call for them to shun the two, as they brace up to get into the full practice of the job. The one-day session to school the interns was carried out by Tarhyang Enowbikah Tabe, CEO of The Advocate Newspaper and President of the Cameroon Association of Media Professionals (CAMP), September 18, 2020 at the CERUT conference hall, Mile II Limbe. Tarhyang Enowbikah called on the student journalists to be accurate and precise in whatever they say or publish.
With main focus on fake news and hate speech and how the interns as upcoming professionals in the field of journalism should shun it, Tarhyang emphasised that before any news broadcast or publication, there should be a sincere and accurate investigation from different sources.
He said fake news is invalid because it contains no fact, exposing the public to misconceptions of news stories. He added that the essence of fake news is mainly to manipulate public opinion and to instigate propaganda. Tarhyang went ahead to list out the various types of hate speech forms which are political, ethnic, religious and gender etc.
He called on the interns, together with the Limbe community and Cameroon as a whole, to “defy hate now!”
The interns were drawn from different media houses such as The SUN Newspaper, The Advocate Newspaper, Eden Media Group among others.