The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), an NGO, on Monday began the training of 100 Journalists on fact-checking, to expedite service delivery in the criminal justice system.
Mr Mboho Eno, Programme Manager/Advocacy of PTCIJ, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, that fact-checking would help to promote accurate and balanced reporting of the judiciary.
Eno said the goal of the training was to improve investigation and fact-checking in the criminal justice system and accountability sectors of Nigeria.
The trainings held in Lagos, Kano, and Adamawa, and Anambra states.
According to him, the training is imperative because of the need for journalists to always examine information before reporting. He also reiterated that training and retraining of journalists was key to sustaining balanced news reportage in the sector.
He explained that a total of 550 people applied for the training; and out of the number, only 100 people were selected. He identified paucity of funds as the major challenge in organising the training; as the centre relied on funding from donor agencies to be able to achieve the goal.
He further reiterated the centre’s commitment to impacting positively on journalists.