BISHOP OKPALAEKE TASKS JOURNALISTS TO UPHOLD TRUTH, OBJECTIVITY IN PROFESSION
By Paulinus Onah
Awka, May 15, 2018 (MOI) Former Bishop of Ahiara Diocese Imo State has urged members of the Nigerian union of Journalists (NUJ) Anambra State Council `to uphold truth and objectivity’ as their social responsibility to the society.
Bishop Okpalaeke made the call in his message to Journalist in the state to commemorate the 2018 World Communication Day.
The event with the theme: ``Overcoming The Challenges To Our Communicating The Truth,’’ took place at St. Partrick’s Cathedral, Awka.
``Journalism, anchored on high ethical conduct will not only promote development but also advance peace and unity in all corners of the society.
``The greatest challenge to proclaiming the truth is that of self’’.
The bishop noted that many people fear telling the truth to protect their selfish interest in jobs, political affiliation, friendship, business and family ties.
``Often, when I watch our politicians, toy with the future of this country with their lies, I shudder at what the future portends for us, if we are to follow that path."
On the present economic condition of the country, the bishop maintained that Nigerians in their millions suffer and die because of harsh economic situation and insecurity in the land.
He said he regretted the idea of some people coming on air or in the newspapers to sing praises of the government of the day for making things better for the masses.
Okpaleke, urged, the NUJ council Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ifesinachi and other state executive members to carry all along in the scheme of things.
Anambra Commissioner for
Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, who was the chief
guest at the occasion, enjoined media practitioners to partner with government
in promoting policies and programmes of Gov. Willie Obiano, based on facts and
not fiction. (MOI)