By: Joy Odor/Abuja
Catholic Journalists has been enjoined to remember the church angle in their stories and promote the values of human dignity such as love, life compassion, peace, justices, gratitude, endurance, friendship, humility, service, creativity, trust and hope amongst other tenets of the religion, which Jesus Christ sought to emphasis.
The Director of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Reverend Father Patrick Tor Alumuku asserted this in his 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.
Reverend Father Alumuku who was the Host of the Conference and also the President of SIGNIS-Nigeria opined that the conference is to promote unity amongst the Catholic Media Practitioners not only in the Northern Region but, also the whole country.
He noted that the theme of the conference is timely as it would throw light on how to improve media reportage by been fair, balance and accurate at all times especially in the 2019 general elections for the future of democracy in Nigeria which seems to be wobbling.
“Christ Himself mandated us and still encourages us to communicate to the end of the earth His good news. The Church urges us to engage in discussion, dialogue and debate with all, including those outside of our tradition areas of interest.
“This is the task of Catholic Communication today. The Post-Synod document, Ecclesia in Africa mandated us in this continent to use all the means we afford to acquire to evangelize. This duty placed in our hands is to be carry out in love and with heroic missionary spirit of dedication and zeal.
“Catholic communicator must be focused and prepared to be successful in what they do, whether their work is in a church or secular media house. Catholic journalists must remember constantly the church angle to our stories and to our work.
“A very relevant and helpful 2019 World Communication Day message released last week from the Vatican by Pope Francis with the Theme “We are Members of One Another: (Eph 4:25) from Social Network Communities to the Human Community” reminded us that whatever communication work we do with communication gadgets, the internet, satellite and the mobile phones, we must bring it down to earth so that it helps us relate better and humanely with people, Rev. Fr. Alumuku stressed.
The SIGNIS President therefore hoped for the growth of other Regional Conferences of CAMPAN and the strengthening of the National CAMPAN where all Catholic journalists will come together to share new ideals and work towards excelling.