By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Regional President, Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CAMPAN), Mr. Suleiman Adams has charged Catholic Journalists across the Federation to revisit Media Ethics and Values, saying that upholding the tenets of the profession cannot be over emphasized as the country prepares to go into 2019 general election.
He made the assertion in his welcome address during the 9th Regional Conference of the Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CAMPAN) with the Theme “Media Ethics and Values in a Democratic Dispensation held on Monday, 28th-to-30th of January, 2019 at SMA House, Jabi Abuja.
According to him, Catholic Journalists must always maintain the ethical values of the pen pushing profession especially during the forthcoming 2019 general election which means to be adequately equipped for the task of our calling.
Earlier in his homily, Reverend Father Justine Dyikuk opined that journalists has little or no time to listen to the word of God as they carry their noble duty in the society and challenges them that as they try to answer the 5Ws and H, it is important to pay attention to details and to listen to the voice of God.
According to him, Nigeria is at the cross road at democracy and in brick of collapse, pointing out that it is the duty of the media professionals especially those who belong to the Catholic Church to show a difference.
He however prayed that as the catholic journalists gathered, process and disseminate information, they should not forget to listen to Jesus as the 9th conference make them better reporters that the Catholic Church will be proud of.
In his remark, the National President of CAMPAN, Mr. Patrick Osu reminded that the mandate of CAMPAN is to let people know what Christianity is all about through evangelization.
He said it is an opportunity for them to reflect on their past, present and future, saying CAMPAN as an Association stand to promote the ethics and values of journalism profession and called for the support of CAMPAN activities by the Directors of Communication.
In attendance are over 1000 CAMPAN delegates from Minna, Kaduna, Kano, Markudi, Sokoto, Kontagora, Jos, Kafanchan, Pankshin, Bauchi, Yola, Missionary of Divine Mercy and Abuja alongside their Communication Directors while Zaria was absent.
Highlights of the event were paper presentations, Award and Fund Raising, while participants took a Tour of Jabi Lake, VERITAS University and Dinner Nite.