More desperately disingenious Nigerian tactics?
The foregoing refers.
As we speak, I have already sent an email to the Editors of the concerned newspapers.
What they have done is unprofessional and unethical. I use news stories accessed from many of the Nigerian newspapers and from the VOA, Reuters, Xinhua, AFP, News Agency of Nigeria, Channels Television, AP, among others on this blog and WONDER HOW Nigerian newshounds would feel IF I were tactless or fraudulent enough to claim their content as the product of my own intellectual rigour. I also acknowledge the rare use of their photos here.
If anyone wants to know the source of my photos, all that he needs do is move the cursor of their mouse over the photo and it would tell you which media organ own the photo – AP, AFP, REUTERS, VOA, LEADERSHIP, NATIONAL MIRROR,DAILY TRUST, THISDAY, PREMIUM TIMES and so on.
By the same token, one cannot feign ignorance of the fact that the photos which are authentically mine – STATE THIS FACT CLEARLY with the inscription “Beegeagle’s Blog photo”, or “XYZ for Beegeagle’s Blog”, etc.
As we speak, two major Nigerian newspapers today used a photograph which is authentically mine. It was the frontview of the Jaji Military Cantonment which I shot using a BlackBerry device in April 2012, a photo which was published for the first time ever on this blog but which “Daily Punch” and “Daily Trust” have unethically gone ahead to use without acknowledging their source. One of the newspapers went so far as to claim that it was a “file copy” – my OWN PHOTO!
Like I said earlier on, if Nigerian journalists cannot conduct themselves in a decorous and professional manner, what business do they have bemoaning the failings of government at any level?
What these newspapers have done is patently dishonest and flies in the face of journalistic ethics. Now that both newspapers have met themselves on that plagiaristic turf by using the same photo which was not sold to them by the News Agency of Nigeria or any other news agency, can they explain to Nigerians if they now jointly use one cameramen in Jaji? Same shot..same angle of view, all of them? How else, save for their mutual and odious act of plagiarism, could that coincidence have occurred? Haa, these our “brown envelope” journalists get more unscrupulous by the day.
We are not at all averse to Nigerian newspapers using photos taken by me and excerpted from this blog. All I am saying is that they must always ACKNOWLEDGE their source. I have made myself clear on that. Hopefully, it will not happen again. They know what that means.
I REPEAT, if you want to know who owns the copyright of any photo which you see here, move the cursor of your mouse over the photo and see what turns up. If it says “BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG PHOTO”, “BEEGEAGLE’S PHOTO”, “XYZ for BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG” or “WORLD EXCLUSIVE”, YOU ARE ADVISED in your own interest to post the caption “Photo Credit: Beegeagle’s Blog” somewhere next to wherever you have FREELY used it on your newspaper or web portal. You heard me.
If you need to ask questions, mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Beegeagle’s Blog is not monetised so our diligence MUST be acknowledged by anyone using our content. It is our just reward.
A word is enough for the wise.