Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has charged media practitioners in the country to be objective in their reportage at all times.
The governor gave the charge on the occasion of this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
He noted that the beauty of the celebration is that it affords the practitioners the opportunity to do a critical evaluation of their practice, with a view to correcting anomalies that militate against what the profession requires of them.
He observed that balance, fairness and objectivity, which are the hallmarks of media practice, have been relegated to the background while hearsay and falsehood have been elevated to the front burner.
He regretted that the situation is made worse by the coming of social media with its attendant implications and the huge fake news that emanate therefrom on a daily basis.
Governor Uzodimma said much as the media remain inevitable to the society as a result of the role they play in information dissemination, education and entertainment, practitioners owe it a duty to ensure that such roles are not substituted with reports that are constantly subjected to doubt by the reading, listening and watching public.
He said Nigeria is lucky to have produced great men and women who practised and are still practising the media profession, with every sense of responsibility and dignity, and challenged the new entrants into the profession to emulate such persons in their own interest and that of the society.
He said fake news has today become synonymous with media practice and challenged the leaders of the industry to do what is professionally permissible to ensure that the media remain trusted by the public.
Governor Uzodimma congratulated the media practitioners in the country and wished them the best in their effort to make media practice in the country enviable.