The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, has charged the media to be mindful of its reportage, especially in conflict and terrorism situations, stating that the activities of the terrorists have refused to take the exit door because the media offer them free space and coverage.
The Minister gave the charge in Abuja, at the Responsibility to Report, R2R Executive Seminar, organized by the German embassy to address the issue on the Ppower of the media when reporting terror acts entitled: Managing the Media in a Crisis.
Maku who cautioned against the consequences the media actions, stated that anti-democrats exploit the media to manipulate them into reporting what they want them to report.
“Terrorism is still very much around because the media was constantly granting free space for the extremists to sell their ideologies. This is why the media must know and begin to change that attitude and look towards the interest of the country.
“I think the media should be mindful of the way they report news especially during terrorism, because anti-democrats exploit the media, thereby manipulating them into reporting what they want them to report,” he said.
He noted that the government’s responsibility is to engage the media in a manner they can have access to the truth, but insisted that the media have the higher responsibility in managing the information they receive, and reporting it in a way and manner it won’t arouse public anger and fuel crisis.