The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria has given September 1st 2016 as the deadline for all bloggers in the country to abide by ethics of journalism and stop all forms of plagiarism.
The union after its monthly meeting in Lagos recently advised members to shun all acts of picking stories from other websites without due permission or crediting the sources.
The meeting presided over by its acting national President, Mr. Chris Kehinde Nwandu, charged bloggers to be seen to live above board in their practices.
To ensure full compliance with this directive, the union raised an eighth man ethics committee to among other things, monitor the ethical behaviour among its members and to recommend adequate sanctions where necessary.
“All members are expected by this directive,to adhere to the conventional practise of acknowledging and crediting sources of their materials.”
The union also enjoined other mass medium across the globe to adequately credit all sources of news materials lifted from pages of its members as well.
In the statement, “The Association is now out to bring some level of credibility and sanity to the practise of blogging in the country and to give its practitioners their rightful place in the scheme of things.
“The Association has also mapped out refresher programmes and continuous training to adequately equip its members with effective tools to discharge its duties as managers of information in a digital age.”