The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has referred to as on the media to rise to the event as governments in any respect ranges seek for an finish to the myriads of safety challenges threatening the unity and peaceable coexistence of Nigeria.
Ikpeazu additionally referred to as on the media as soon as once more to be circumspect and set up efficient inside skilled checks and balances in crime reportage.
The Abia Governor made the decision in his keynote speech delivered on the Nationwide Convention of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday.
He reminded the media that it has a duty to save lots of the nation by de-escalating the reportage of the actions of felony components.
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In accordance with Ikpeazu, “Our newspapers and different media tales are dominated by narratives from these benefiting from this disaster who search an escalation of hostilities for his or her nefarious aims.
“The Media has an obligation to not amplify these voices and to not undertake their process for them. If somebody says the sky is brown, it isn’t for the media to report verbatim that A stated the sky is brown.
“The Media even have a task to fact-check and see for themselves the precise color of the sky; if not, you’re serving to propagate falsehood and division.
In case you are preventing insecurity and felony components, the oxygen with which they thrive is propaganda and reportage of their actions so the Nigerian Media must determine to what extent they need to proceed being the propagators of the actions of felony components.
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“The media has a duty to save lots of this nation by de-escalating the reportage of the actions of felony components. I’m not advocating for a media blackout on criminality. Removed from it, I’m solely saying that the Media ought to assist us by not providing publicity and propaganda shops to felony components. The way in which we’re going, I’m afraid that we’re taking part in into the palms of those that are benefiting from the disaster state of affairs within the nation”.
Persevering with, Ikpeazu acknowledged, “the Media has additionally unwittingly promoted label-culture and stereotyping such that individuals from sure teams are labeled collectively on account of the actions of some and there’s a haste to ascribe crimes to them as a result of the general public has been led to consider that they’re those who commit sure varieties of crimes.
“That is an ill-wind that may word bode properly for us in our quest for nationwide unity. Safety businesses have to be given the possibility to conduct investigations and are available out with official experiences earlier than we ascribe crimes to their perpetrators.
“The follow of reporting crime and felony actions with assumed suspected perpetrators will solely trigger additional division amongst us and maybe, exonerate the true culprits. I name on the media as soon as once more to be circumspect and set up efficient inside skilled checks and balances in crime reportage,” Governor Ikpeazu concluded.
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