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CATHOLIC MEDIA PRACTITIONERS EXERCISE CAUTION ON SENSITIVE NEWS

Catholic Media Practitioners have been advised to sustain the ethics and integrity of the profession by reporting positive developments about the Church and the country. They were also urged to always investigate very well before publishing to ensure the dissemination of the truth and correct news, giving fair opportunities to all parties involved in the incident reported; especially  sensitive news matters.

The advice was given by the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Episcopal Chairman for Social Communications, Most Rev. Denis Isizoh.while addressing national officers of the Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CAMPAN), during a special meeting he had with the association’s executives, recently at the Best Western Meloch Hotels, Awka, Anambra State.

Stressing the need for care and restraint while reporting sensitive issues, Bishop Isizoh stated that journalists must seek to balance their reports in the spirit of fair hearing and promotion of justice to the concerned parties. He added that every country in the world has both negative and positive developments, but journalists’ reports are usually based on individual’s perceptions of issues.

Bishop Isizoh also used the occasion to advocate for the establishment of a national or regional newspapers for the Church in the country, instead of the present trend of each diocese floating its own newspaper. He also advised the association to establish an on-line newspaper with a website that can be read all over the world with fewer personnel being involved. The Bishop further promised to link the members of the association with foreign Catholic news agencies for collaboration and cooperation and boosting of their professional skills.

The Episcopal Chairman equally enjoined the executive officers of the association to collaborate with diocesan directors of communications to embark on membership mobilization drive to facilitate the existence of the various communication apostolate professional groups in all the Archdioceses and Dioceses in the country. He also urged them to collaborate with the national office at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) and other groups in the apostolate; and ensure that the Bishops’ Conference is adequately briefed on the activities and programmes of all the associations for the good of the communication evangelization mission of the Church in the country.

The exco members led by the President of the association, Mr. Patrick Osu, briefed the Bishop Chairman on the activities of the association since they came to office; the challenges faced and efforts made at ensuring collaboration with other affiliate communication bodies of the Church in the country. Among other things, the officers briefed and got the approval of the Bishop Chairman on on the association’s forthcoming national convention and appointment of patrons and patronesses for the association. Other members of the executive present at the meeting were: Mr. Peter Dada National Secretary; Mrs. EkwiAjide, National Public Relations 2; Mr. Philip Toryue, National Financial Secretary. Also in attendance were: Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Polycarp and Mr. Okpalanzie Anulika.

 


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