The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged the media to intensify efforts towards assisting the Federal Government in building and promoting democratic principles.
He made the appeal at a training workshop organized for journalists by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
It was observed at the workshop through the 2016 report of the UNESCO Director General on the safety of journalists and the danger of impunity in the state, that about 827 journalists and other media workers have been killed between January 2006 and December 2015, while 213 journalists were killed just between 2014 and 2015.
UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture had organized the workshop to educate journalists more on conflict sensitive reporting and the safety of journalists.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Public Communication of the ministry, Mrs Oluseyi Adegunde, said it was unfortunate that in times of war, violence or civil unrest, journalists were erroneously suspected or treated as spies.
The Minister told journalists that as long as they collaborate with the security agencies to foster the peace and security of the nation, cases of violence and killings would not arise.
On his part, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said that with fair and balanced reportage, it was difficult for a nation to slip into violence or civil conflict.