Nigerian media charged on balanced reporting
The Nigerian media practitioners can only play their constitutional roles effectively by presenting well-researched and unbiased reports to the public at all times.
This was the consensus at a one-day seminar organized for reporters at the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan yesterday.
Members of the academia and Civil Society Organisations, who presented their positions on the importance of the news media in ensuring sustainable growth in any society, warned journalists against holding back from alerting the public of looming dangers as soon as they are noticed.
The seminar was organized by an Ibadan-based Non-Governmental Organisation, Projekt Hope Nigeria, to seek collaboration with newsrooms across the country in an effort to bring to the public attention a possible health pandemic that may likely follow the neglect and misconception against the Nigeria’s gay community.
The organisation’s national coordinator, Steve Aborisade lamented the devastating impact of failure of the Nigerian media to report the truth about the group on the general health of the nation.
Painting a gloomy health situation among the gay community in the country, Aborisade worried that further denial and failure to pay attention to the dire situation poses danger of escalating health challenges to the country and her people.