31 July 2013

Nigeria: 'Poorly Paid Journalist, Worse Than Timebomb'

Kaduna — A poorly paid journalist is a dangerous weapon of mass destruction and is also much more dangerous than a time bomb, a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication in Kaduna Polytechnic, Ahmed Balarabe Sa'id, has said.

Sa'id spoke in an interview at a seminar for journalists yesterday by Journalists Against Polio (JAP) in collaboration with UNICEF.

He said a journalist that is poorly paid will move according to his prejudices, adding that he will also move according to the dictates of what comes to his pocket because he has a price. "So if what is given to him can meet the price of what he demands, he can do a hatchet job and knowing well that the target of the journalist is the entire community or society, the information he is going to give if it is induced could be very dangerous," he said.

"You won't do well if don't meet your basic needs, it is not only about journalism because even a doctor who is poorly paid will give a wrong injection and somebody will die and I think the responsibility of the journalist is much more than that of the doctor giving injection because the journalist injects the society while the doctor injects just a patient," he added.

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