By Michael Ofulue
Media practitioners have been charged to promote good stories capable of building a nation.
The admonition was given yesterday by Holy Father , Pope Francis in a goodwill message to mark the 54th World Communication Day.
He also admonished journalists to focus more on developmental communication, rather than concentrate on telling or writing stories that can tear the nation.
He called on the world to reflect on developing the people in their interactions with one another in various spheres.
Also, Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Reverend (Dr) Jude Ayodeji Arogundade enjoined media practitioners to concentrate more on investigative journalism and tell good stories that can educate, inform and teach our children and grandchildren beautiful things about the nation ,community and the society.
His words, you journalists should inform and educate us on what is happening in our society especially during this difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic and desist from fake and interpretative stories.
“Don’t interpret the story for us leave it for us to interpret because some of you, while trying to interpret the story for us ended up given us fake news which destroys the nation, community and the society”.
Also speaking, Directorate of Social Communication of Ondo Diocese, Reverend Father Leo Aregbesola, congratulated media practitioners in Ondo state for their efforts, especially on the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Catholic community in the state is very much aware and appreciative of the great job the media practitioners do as frontline workers in the fight against this pandemic and wish that they are all celebrated in a unique way.
“No other time would have been more appropriate than now. But we continue to rely on the grace of God that we may all conscientiously play our part in bringing a cure or end to this pandemic”, he said.
He however, encouraged media practitioners to remain focused in their duty and never lose sight of the goals that are meant to be achieved at this time, when they sacrifice their lives and time amidst the danger of contracting the COVID-19 in the line of duty.
The Chairman of Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ), Mr Adetona Aderoboye who spoke to newsmen in an interview, urged journalists to rise up to their social responsibilities that can make positive impact in the life of the people.
He lamented the abuse of the social media by the younger generation to defraud people adding that effective use of the media made and unmade people.