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Presidency urges NAN editors to fact check news reports before publication 

The Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, has urged editors of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to fact-check news reports before publication.

Onanuga, a former Managing Director of NAN, made the call at the agency’s 5th Editorial Management Retreat on Tuesday in Kaduna.

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In his presentation titled, “A subscriber’s expectation of NAN copy”, he analysed some news contents of the agency, with erroneous claims and factual errors, saying NAN copies are expected to be factual, detailed, contemporaneous, relevant and be delivered in good time.

He said that the agency, with its wide network of correspondents should be the news leader in supplying timely news about Nigeria, Africa and the world in the best of journalism tradition.

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He, however, said that many competent journalists had exited the agency, resulting in a vacuum that needed to be filled.

“Journalists retire when they clock 60 years or 35 years of service. NAN lost many good competent hands in this way,” Onanuga said.


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