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DailyTrust newspaper has admitted to allegations that it allegedly spread misinformation about the Samoa Deal signed by the Federal Government of Nigeria on 28 June 2024 at the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.

Daily Trust, on July 4, posted an article titled “LGBT: Knocks as Nigeria signs $150 Billion Samoa deal,” which generated backlash and criticisms from the Federal Government.

The Federal Government said it would take legal action against Daily Trust for alleged misinformation and fake news in the Samoa agreement report.

Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation, stated this on Saturday, July 6, at the National Press Centre, Abuja.

However, on Monday, the Newspaper published an article titled “Samoa Agreement: The Daily Trust Story Got It Wrong.”

In the article, the media organisation admitted to “sloppy reporting,” “misleading headlines,” and “non-factual claims,” among others.

The article partly reads: “On the specific issue of the Samoa Agreement, however, it is the media that got it wrong. After some research, my reading of the whole situation is that: a) the Daily Trust story of July 4, 2024 titled “LGBT: Knocks As Nigeria Signs $150 Billion Samoa Deal” is a piece of sloppy reporting; b) there is no provision mandating member states to adopt LGBT rights in the Samoa Agreement; and c) yes, the European Union (EU) actually tried, but ultimately failed, to have those provisions included in the agreement.

“The most important problem with the story in question is that it did not cite the contentious clauses in the agreement on which the entire reporting—and the ensuing controversy—is based. News is a factual claim,… Unfortunately, the story failed this fundamental test of reporting.”

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