Metro Don't be Afraid to Ask Politicians Tough Questions, US Diplomat Charges Nigerian Journalists


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The United States Consul-General has urged Nigerian journalists not to go easy on the 'big guys' when asking questions. Jeffrey Hawkins said he'd noticed that journalists went easy on him, and explained that it would strengthen democracy if the journalists stretched their freedom to its possible limits.

Hawkins, who acknowledged that Nigerian journalists are often easy on him and others in position of authority, challenged them to ask hard, and even uncomfortable questions that will serve the public better.

The diplomat spoke ‎at the beginning of a one-day training session of Nigerian editors and reporters aimed at showcasing America’s continuous efforts to support ‎credible, free, fair, non-violent and conclusive general elections next year.

The training was facilitated by Eduardo Cue, a veteran journalist who is currently an international news editor with French Television all-news network France 24.

Cue compared journalists, especially political reporters, to football referees ‎who are on the same pitch with the players but not directly involved in the game.

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Source: #PMNewsNigeria


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