Uphold media ethics, journalists urged
Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Journalists have been urged to always uphold the ethics of their profession by being objective, balanced and fair in their reportage of events.
The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, gave the advice during an interactive session with journalists in Iragbiji.
He also enjoined them to always verify their stories and shun sensational reporting in their daily reports.
Oyetola, who described the media as a critical element to good governance, implored journalists to always strive to justify the confidence members of the public reposed in them, through the quality of their stories and reports.
The governor, also used the occasion to reel out some of his administration’s achievements in the last eight months, maintaining that his administration, had given every sector of the economy adequate attention.
He also commended journalists in the state for being supportive of the administration through fair and balanced reporting.
His words, “Your role in the development of our state has been very critical.
In our own little way, we have been trying our best in line with our campaign promises to improve on the lives of our people.
“I must acknowledge your role at giving the best coverage to our good works across sectors, most importantly the kind of media coverage that we received during the litigation.
“Though we had some issues with the press in the past, I thank God that we have started on a good note.
“I must commend you for reporting us fairly. We have been working assiduously to improve on the welfare of our people.”
The governor said his administration had maintained standard in all sectors of the economy, particularly in the areas of health, infrastructure, education and mining sectors.
He urged them to always verify stories before publication in order not to create unnecessary fear and tension in the state.