Media practitioners must be objective in their reportage of violence to guide against glorifying it at the expense of the unity and integrity of the nation.
The Catholic Diocesan and Religious Directors of Social Communication said this in a resolution issued at the end of their first plenary held in Sokoto, on March 16.
The resolution signed by Rev Fr Pius Ukor, the National President and Sr. Eunice Ikufisile (OSF), its national secretary, titled , “The Ethics of Media Reporting in Conflict Zones and Gender Issues in Conflicts in Nigeria,’’ was made available to newsmen on Thursday.
“Objectivity and the advancement of truth are crucial to peace and social development of any society. As such, media practitioners and all stakeholders must ensure fairness in their reportage,’’ it said.
It advised government agencies and regulatory bodies to ensure responsible reportage of events and responsible information-sharing among the citizenry.
The group also advised proprietors of media organisations to always pay their employees as and when due to resist the brown-envelope syndrome and ensure professionalism.
It added that media men should be trained on the rudiments of objective reportage of crises’ situations.
“The Church and State should partner to further confront the stereotype of women and children especially, IDPs, refugees, and child soldiers in Nigeria.
“Women are the worst victims of all violence and crises situations. They contribute so much to the economy but are not allowed to take charge.’’
It said that for the status quo to change, women must be educated and empowered while government and relevant institutions should enact and enforce legislations that would protect women.
It thanked God for bringing President Muhammadu Buhari back from his medical vacation in the UK, and prayed for his total recovery.
“We congratulate Nigerians for the cooperation they gave the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while the President was away.
“This is indeed a demonstration of our desire for a better Nigeria.
“We salute the Federal Government for the success it recorded in the war against terror in the North-East and efforts at nipping the Southern Kaduna killings in the bud.
“ It is hoped that the tempo will be sustained for a secure nation and the advancement of peace in Nigeria.’’
It urged the Federal Government to expedite action on strengthening the naira, wooing investors and putting an economic team in place to boost the nation’s economy.
“The naira is gradually picking up against the dollar. This is good news not only for our economy but for our people who toil hard for their daily bread.
“It is important to note that the days of relying on a mono-economy are over.
“We can learn from the Asian Tigers how we can better diversify our economy for utmost results,’’ it said.