President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Chris Isiguzo, has advised journalists in Rivers State to refrain from adopting unfair methods to tell their stories.
Isiguzo gave the advice during a one-day workshop on Digital Journalism And Fact-Checking in Port Harcourt, recently.
The workshop was organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Speaking on the topic: ‘Journalism Ethics in an Era of Global Information Disorder’ Isiguzo emphasised that every organisation has its own set of rules and regulations binding on its members that stipulate things that they should do and should not do.
He regretted that due to the prevailing situation In the country, there was a clear disorder in the system which seems to have thrown overboard the ethics of the journalism profession as a result of social media influencers.
Isiguzo stressed that journalists ordinarily are expected to dish out the truth to the people instead of joining the bandwagon, charging them to have respect for the truth and the rights of the public to the truth.
“If you are a journalist and everytime what you dish out does not represent the truth then you are not doing journalism. The proper responsibility of a journalist is that he/she must know the truth and you must dish out the truth. The people’s right is to know the truth as such truth should not be thrown overboard, but must be respected at all time and the rights of the public to the truth”, he said.
The NUJ boss, while explaining what fake news is, warned journalists to be mindful of what happens in their environment in the cause of discharging their responsibility, enjoining them to avoid misinformation, disinformation, malinformation and propaganda as these are capable of turning them against their environment.
He raised some concerns that often times journalists failed to abide by the rules of the profession.
According to him, “Journalists shall use only fair methods to obtain images, information, documents, data and he/she would always report his/her status as a journalist and will refrain from using hidden recordings of images and sounds except where it is impossible for he/her to collect information that is overwhelmingly in the public interest. You are not allowed to use unfair methods”.
He also warned journalists against using inciting words in their stories, saying when journalists ensure the dissemination of information opinion does not contribute to hatred or prejudice, the information you are turning out is not such that is going to pitch people tribes against each other, you don’t report along primordial consideration, religion , ethnicity tribal, partisanship, that is not what you should be doing as a journalist.
On his part, the Director General, Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, listed some challenges facing the Nigeria journalists.
Kashifu, who was represented by the Head of Corporate Affairs of External Relations, Department, NITDA, Hajiya Hadiza Umar, stated that unregulated social media, fake news and toxic contents still top the list.
He noted that, “The digital era has also come with its challenges. One of which is the overbearing presence of of the social media. Of course, the unregulated social media is a free market place where everything goes including fake news, toxic content, hateful and inciting narratives. These are prevalent because there are no gatekeepers or regulators to direct.”
Rivers Holds 2023 Public Service Thanksgiving/Dedication Service Today
The Rivers State Government will today hold the 2023 edition of the Public Service Thanksgiving and dedication Service.
The service, with the theme, “A New Dawn”, is billed to hold by 9am in the State Ministry of Justice Conference hall, State Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt.
A memo signed by Dr. Inyingi S. I. Brown, the Director, Service Welfare, for the Head of Services, states that the meeting is restricted to identied cadre of officers.
“I am further directed to add that the Thanksgiving and Dedication Service is restricted to Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Extra Ministerial Departments, General Managers of Government owned corporations, staff on the Directorate cadre, and Department Heads”, the memo stated.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
Nwanosike Intervenes In SIAT Dispute …Makes Peace Among Warring Factions
The misunderstanding between the Barrister Wilkinson Aaron Anujum-led faction and Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction of Siat Landlord Association, Elele Estate has come to an end, as the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Engr Samuel Nwanosike, has made peace among the two factions.
Recall that members of the association few weeks ago brought their misunderstanding before the Ikwerre Council Chairman for settlement after all efforts for reconciliation proved abortive.
Siat Nigeria Limited, Elele Estate, comprises of 11 communities spanning Emuoha Local Government Area, Ikwerre Local Government Area, and Ahoada East Local Government Area, with the office situated in Elele-Alimini, Emuoha LGA.
Among the contending issues the Council Chairman resolved were: that both factions should sheathe their swords for the interest of peace and benefit of the host communities and harmonious co-existence with the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited;
That the tenure of Barrister W. A. Anujem-led Executive will be completed and another election conducted to usher in new executive;
That Siat Landlord Association is free to have any number of patrons and grand patrons it wishes to have; that the faction of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi should work with the Executive of Barrister W. A. Anujem in producing the correct measurement of the number of hectares of land acquired by the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, in order to enable the company pay land rate;
That the agitation of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction for the removal of the Public Relations Manager of Siat Nigeria Limited, Mr. Lucky Ezihuo, should be dropped with immediate effect in the interest of Rivers people, particularly host communities;
That the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited should review its relationship approach with the host communities and respect their diverse interests and peculiarities;
That Siat Nigeria Limited should set up a mediation and conciliation team to mediate amongst members of the host communities and the company; and that all parties are to work collectively for common goal of attracting development in their various communities through Siat Nigeria Limited.
The resolution, which was read by the Legal Adviser of Ikwerre Local Government Council, Barrister Kposoruchi Wobodo, was accepted by both warring factions and copies of the verdict issued to the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, host communities and security agencies.
RSG Hails APHN On HealthCare Delivery
The Rivers State Government has commended the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) for the support and synergy it gives towards health care delivery in the state.
Speaking at the 39th Annual General Meeting of the APHPN held in Port Harcourt, the Permanent Secretary, speaking through Dr. Golden Owhonda, described public health physicians as the backbone of the health care in the state.
He gave plaudits to APHPN over the synergy and support, saying they have been at the frontline in the fight against disease and ailments, urging them not to relent.
In his goodwill message, Permanent Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr Agiriye Harry, admitted the importance of public health physicians.
He said, “a lot of the practising physicians come under primary health” , hence he enjoined the organisers to ensure that the conference proffers practicable solutions to health care delivery in the country.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Promise Abua, described public health physicians as “the life of public health care.”
Dr. Abua expressed gladness that 10 years later has found Port Harcourt worthy to host the body’s annual conference, as he challenged them to ensure that they evolve to meet the new challenges in the industry.
National President of APHPN, Prof. Esara, encouraged participants to utilise the conference to arm themselves with latest knowledge and techniques which the conference provides.
On his part, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Daprim Ogaji, while welcoming participants, said the theme of the conference, “Public Health Practice: New Opportunities”, is key transforming health care provision.
He assured that the conference affords experts to cross fertilize ideas on burning health issues, and therefore enjoined members to exploit the opportunity.
By; Kevin Nengia
Evo King Lauds Wike Over Conference Organisation
The Eze Oha Evo III, HM King Leslie N Eke JP, Eze Gbakagbaka, has lauded the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over what he tagged timely response to the yearnings of Rivers people.
Eke said this when he spoke with newsmen during the Conference organised by the State Government christened: “Deepening The Democratic Culture And Institutions For Sustainable Development And Security In Nigeria”, in Port Harcourt.
The Evo King said the Conference was timely considering the electioneering period and the current insecurity in the nation.
According to him, the Conference has given the people an insight over understanding the principle of democracy and its workings.
He praised Governor Wike over the event and called on the people to ensure that all that was revealed by the paper presenters were put in practice.
“The Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, is so gifted that he does things in line with the happenings of the time. I can liken him to the Children of Issachar in the Bible who excelled more than others because of their knowledge of the times and season”, he said.
The Monarch stated that democratic government must be practiced devoid of any form of military or any other style of governance in order to achieve its core mandate.
He expressed satisfaction over the move by the Rivers State Government, saying such ought to be emulated by others, if the people were prepared to follow up on the words and letters of democracy.
On former President Olusegun Obasanjo who visited the state for the purpose of the Conference, he said it was to prove its importance and why the people must key in to it.
He recalled that Obasanjo, who has served both as Military and Civilian Head of State of the country, has a better bite of what its challenges are.
Still on OBJ’s visit, he stated that there was nothing political about it and urged the people to be prepared to learn from those who have been trusted and proven in governance.
“Part of the challenges we have in this side of the helmisphre is that we do not know how to celebrate people. That is why we don’t have regard for our leaders. We must try to jettison such attitude in order to make room for excellence”, he said.
He also lauded all who contributed to the success of the event and prayed God to always give them the needed wisdom to enable them execute similar project for the state and in people in the future.
By: King Onunwor
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