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Isiguzo, Odogwu, others charge journalists on objective reporting

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By Kingsley Ugwu

NATIONAL President of Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo, has called on Journalists to rise up to expectations in their news reports, observe professional ethics and hold objectivity sacred in their reportorial assignments.

  Chief Isiguzo made the call on Thursday, during a ‘Media Summit’ organised by Anambra State Council of NUJ and held at the union’s secretariat complex, Awka,.

  The NUJ National President described journalists as the oxygen of a flourishing democracy; noting that the media have a critical role to play in influencing governance and nation building through their reportage.

The NUJ leader tasked practicing journalists on credible, objective and balanced reportage at all times,  urging them to avoid being purveyors of fake news, which according to him, is anti- developmental to both the profession and the country.

  Isiguzo commended the new leadership of the union, led by Dr. Odugwu Emeka Odogwu for the new vigour injected into the union within a short period of their inauguration as current exco of Anambra State Council of the union. He advised that similar events be periodically carried out as it will provide platform for better performance of practitioners in the profession.

Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo, represented by the Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu, assured journalists in the state of government’s commitment to partner the journalists in building the state.

  Appreciating the theme of the summit, ‘Objectivity, Unionism in a Digital Era’, the government said, it is synonymous to its drive  geared towards the realisation of a livable smart mega city that is technologically driven.

  Affirming the state government’s resolve to partner the media, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Soludo, Comrade  Christian Aburime, who described the theme of the summit as apt, said, it is ” fitting to Governor Soludo’s  creative destruction’ program, which is all about change.”

  In his remarks, Chairman, NUJ, Anambra State Council, Dr. Odogwu expressed his wishes for a more robust relationship between the union and the new government in the state.

  ” I expect that the present government should carry the iournalists along in their programs and policies for the good of  society. The synergy is very important.”

  Odogwu expressed sadness that Governor Soludo didn’t avail the union his paternal presence at the summit, even when the union reached out to him with the request. He however, assured unflinching support of the union to the government without compromising the watchdog role of the body.

  Delivering a lecture at the event, a lecturer from  Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Chinwe Uzochukwu called on journalists to verify information before reporting to the public, pointing out that digital journalism requires accuracy and verification.

  She urged NUJ leadership in the state to address the issue of quackery in the profession, charging the body to take its regulatory role more seriously.

  Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng was also present at the event.

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