By: South-East Correspondent
Some Veteran Journalists have disparaged the bastardization of journalism in the hands of untrained bloggers, who misinform the public.
The former Executive member of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council and an Editor of the Authority Newspaper, Mr. Emeka Odogwu with Mr. Abuchi Onwumelu of FIDES Newspaper stated this in commemorate of the State Press Week on Wednesday in Awka, the State Capital, South-East, Nigeria.
According to them, the advent of social media has enhanced information dissemination but regretted its fake news that is dish out for public consumption.
Earlier in his speech, the State Chairman of the Council, Mr. Ifesinachi noted that the Press Week provides a platform for journalists to assess their roles as enshrined in the constitution and Freedom of Information Act for better service to the society.
He disclosed that the theme for this year’s celebration tagged: “Effective Media Role and Responsible Journalism Practice for Successful Democratic Transition” is apt especially now that the State election is drawing close.
Contributing, the State Secretary of the Council, Mr. Emma Udeagha and the State Treasurer Mrs. Ekwi Ajide emphasized that journalism is not an all comers affair as journalists must be factual, truthful and balanced in their reports.
However, during a church thanksgiving to usher in the Press Week, Venerable Gilbert Mmadubuike of the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith Awka in his sermon charged journalists to always practice according to the ethics of the profession to retain the trust and confidence of the audience.
He urged journalists to remain truthful at all times, and committed in doing the will of God and stressed the need for people to develop the habit of giving and sharing with one another.
Our correspondent who was at the church service reports that the church service featured thanksgiving by the State NUJ, hymns and special performances by the children.