Media Must Be Responsible In Reportage, Says Peace Commission V/Chair
By Ben Auta
The media in Nigeria must not hide any information but report matters in a responsible way, says the Executive Vice Chairman of the Kaduna Peace Commission Mr Saleh Momale.
He made the statement during a monthly forum organized by the Interfaith Mediation (IMC) in conjunction with the Mercy Corps and Kaduna State Peace Commission (KPC) in Kaduna.
Mr Momale, said the nation is witnessing some challenging times in which criminal activities are on the rise especially in Kaduna and other parts of the northern region.
“Lose of lives is on the rise. Leaders must be vigilant and make best use of their skills in tackling these situations,” he said.
He added that the promotion of peaceful coexistence and harmony as well as social engagement must be in the forefront rather than rhetorics.
He expressed his pleasure with the level of reportage by Journalists covering peace and conflict in Kaduna State as they have cooperated with his commission positively.
Also speaking in her remarks, Bar Rebecca Sako-John, who is a permanent member of the KPC said that people must be cautious of their remarks especially those involving security matters.
She said that political leaders must be cautious of the way they speak especially now that the nation is moving to an election year.
She said that there is so much hatred in communities which is deep seated as it might be a time bomb waiting to happen.
Also speaking, for Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna Council, Mr Andrew Fadason who spoke on the way forward, said that there is a problem with intra communication between the media and their audience.
He added that the media must give attention to both written and spoken words in their reportage as few reporters are aware of the kind of words they are writing.
He further said that unless the NUJ do something by stepping down communication skills for its members stories written will be the norms.
The monthly forum is a part of the Community Initiative to Promote Peace (CIPP) which is part of an overview in which Journalists and stakeholders brain storm on major security matters in the state and country.