Church urges journalists to uphold ethics, professionalism



By Bridget Ikyado


An NGO, CARITAS Nigeria, has urged media practitioners to uphold the truth, be professional, objective, versatile and sincere in the discharge of their duties.

Rev. Fr Uchechukwu Obodoechina, CARITAS Executive Director,Department of Church and Society/CEO CARITAS Nigeria gave the advice during a press briefing, said that those attributes were necessary for the media to effectively play the role of the watchdog of the society.

The press briefing, held at the Catholic Secretariat, Durumi in Abuja, was on the state of insecurity in the country and disturbing attacks on religious leaders.

He said that it was important to dig into the issues and expose those involved in perpetrating violence and insecurity in the country.

Obodoechina said media practitioners should serve as role models and must work in line with the ethics of the profession.

He called for constant training and retraining of journalists to enable them look deeply at the worsening insecurity situation and the tide of violence in the country.

The CARATIS executive director condemned the killing of religious leaders in the country, including Priests, Nuns and Seminarians.

He urged the Federal Government to ensure the restoration of the Rule of Law, so that all citizens would live peacefully anywhere in the country. (NAN)