TERRORISM: MILITARY TASKS JOURNALISTS ON ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL REPORTAGE
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor has enjoined media practitioners to align themselves with the media campaign strategies of the Armed Forces, which he said are designed to win the hearts and . of the populace in the operational theatres.
General Irabor said this on Tuesday at a one-day workshop for Defence Correspondents, organised by the Defence Headquarters, in conjunction with The Media Today(TMT), in Abuja.
The workshop examined the role of Defence Correspondents in enhancing national security and the imperatives of conflict sensitive communication.
The organisers said the workshop was designed to "Broaden the knowledge of Defence Correspondents in understanding the nitty-gritty of conflict sensitive communication, towards conflict resolutions.
Chief of Defence Administration, Rear Admiral Abdul Adamu represented the CDS at the event. He called on journalists to "Use their media platforms and reportage to galvanize citizens support in the promotion of national unity and peaceful coexistence."
He said conflict sensitive information management is a critical element in national development as the manner in which conflict sensitive information is being processed and disseminated to the public could positively or negatively affect national security.
He said the DHQ would continue to partner with the media in order to build a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious nation.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), TMT, Barr. Charles Odenigbo urged the media organizations and institutions to dwell more on investigative reporting to expose activities of terrorists. He said journalists must continue to perform their duties in line with the code of ethics guiding the profession, including fairness, objectivity and balance reportage.
He said that for journalists and media houses to earn that much desired public trust, it costs a strict observance of the highest professional and ethical standards.
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