A don, Dr Chris Ugwu, has urged journalists to ensure objective reportage of events, at all times, to engender proper enlightenment and education of the people.
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The lecturer gave the advice on Tuesday in Enugu while delivering a lecture entitled; ‘‘Leadership and Good Governance; Need for Responsive Reportage.’’
Ugwu is the Head of Department, Mass Communication, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUTH).
He noted that a reporter must report with a sense of purpose; ‘‘while shunning sensationalism and falsehood.’’
The don also appealed to practising journalists to assist the government in its development efforts, especially on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
‘‘The most important function of the media in a democratic setting is to promote good governance and welfare of the people.
‘‘In doing this, the media must help the society to ensure accountability from government and other organisations mandated to serve the people, by the provision of the constitution.
‘‘Finally, they must promote human rights and freedom of expression and association, which is the bedrock all democratic tenets and principles, through their reportage,’’ he said.
According to him, journalists must also work by the ethics guiding their profession.
‘‘The plurality of the society, as well as balancing, must come to bear in having a fair, credible and progressive reportage,’’
NAN reports that Ugwu gave the lecture at the African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage) Breakfast Dialogue with the Press in Enugu