Tourism min­is­ter tasks me­dia on fair reporting

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

Tourism and Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion min­is­ter Mr. Edem Duke has called on the me­dia cov­er­ing the on­go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence to re­port is­sues with ob­jec­tiv­ity, bal­ance and fair­ness de­void to avoid send­ing wrong sig­nals to the pub­lic.

Duke said this in Abuja at a one day me­dia round­table on reporting the na­tional con­fer­ence where he said the me­dia has a pro­fes­sional and eth­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­port is­sues at the na­tional con­fer­ence.

“If ar­gu­ments, de­bates and other is­sues are not pro­fes­sion­ally re­ported, they are ca­pa­ble of send­ing wrong sig­nal to the world. The fair­ness and ob­jec­tiv­ity re­mained the hall­mark of the me­dia; hence the Nige­rian jour­nal­ists must pro­mote the val­ues that unite her,” he said.

He said that the suc­cess of the na­tional con­fer­ence would de­pend on the me­dia.

“I salute the courage and the re­silience of the me­dia es­pe­cially on the en­throne­ment of democ­racy,” the min­is­ter said.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency (NOA) Mr. Mike Omeri said the ethics of jour­nal­ism placed a huge bur­den on the me­dia, not only to hold the people’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive ac­count­able but pro­vid­ing ob­jec­tive, bal­ance and fair re­portage.

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