Yakubu Wuyep, Jos
Governor Simon Bako Lalong has challenged the media practitioners in the country to take proactive measure toward addressing unprofessional and bias reportage.
He sought the cooperation of journalists in the area of objectivity in news reporting and to imbibe the spirit of censorship in Plateau State by demonstrating professionalism while reporting crises.
According to him, the free flow of information should not be hindered, saying the media should have all the necessary space to contribute to the dissemination of information and knowledge with the objective of creating and informing the general public to contribute to nation -building and development.
Lalong stated this yesterday after declaring a twodays trainings workshop organised by the Institute Of Governance And Social Research in collaboration with Nigeria Stability And Reconciliation Programme and also the UK Department Of For International Development for editors and reporters of various media organisations in Plateau State.
The governor who was represented by the deputy governor of the state, Professor Sonny Tyoden said ethical and professional standards were required to make the best out of the pivotal role good journalism. Lalong said journalists should take a critical look at training and role played in today in prevention conflict in the society. “As we all know the media plays an increasingly important role in today’s society, that freedom of expression, implying the freedom of the press has a clear impact on development, democracy and security”.
The governor pledged that his administration which has the slogan of change to attitude would give journalist in the state a good platform to ensure a good working relationship.
President of Institute Of Governance And Social Research, Professor Isawa Elaigwu said journalists should be professional and objective in their reportage especially while reporting violence or conflict in the society.
He noted that the aim and objective of conflict-sensitive reporting training workshop was based on rigorous adherence to the essential core standards of journalism which are often cited as accuracy in truth seeking, objectivity or fair balance and responsibility or ethical conduct.