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Students trained on fake news in social media

The Abuja Film Village (AFV) has launched a campaign and training for secondary school students in the FCT on the ways to identify fake and…

The Abuja Film Village (AFV) has launched a campaign and training for secondary school students in the FCT on the ways to identify fake and genuine news in the social media.

The convener of the campaign and CEO of AFV, Dr Francisca Ibezim, lauded the federal government’s actions against fake news, while soliciting sustained and determined action because of the plethora of information on the internet which could be used maliciously.

Dr Ibezim stressed the need to inculcate and promote media literacy and films in education and awareness training into the national curriculum to ensure access for every Nigerian child.

The event was held in partnership with the I Am the Future of Nigeria Youth Initiative (IFON), the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC).

Speakers at the event emphasised the need for media action to sensitise the Nigerians on the scourge of fake news.

The CEO of IFON, Mrs Noni Okocha, spoke on the topic: “Spot the Fake News”, to 100 students.

The students also received training in film production and photography to enable them to develop interest in the media as a career path.