Be objective in your reporting, Uzodimma urges editors
• Says Imo is a victim of bad press
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has urged editors of various media houses in the country to “be objective” in discharging their gatekeeping duties.
Uzodimma gave the advice, yesterday, during the opening ceremony of the 18th All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC), 2022, holding at the Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri, with the theme: ‘2023: Political Landscape, Credible Election and the Role of Editors,’ organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
The governor decried what he regarded as bad reports against his administration and Imo State, urging that it will be better to have reports based on national interests than personal interests, which undermine national development.
In the ceremony, attended by a former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; a foremost female Professor of Mass Communication, Stella Okunna; the President of NGE, Mustapha Isa, the Director, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Reuben Mouka, representing the Vice Chairman of the Commission, as well as editors of national and local print and electronic media houses, among others, Uzodimma, noted that the security situation in the state is not as bad as being reported in the media. He insisted that reports emanating from some media outlets about the state are blown out of proportion.
He advised the editors to ensure they report objectively, rather than heat up the political space in view of next year’s polls.
He accused the editors of infusing slanted and opinionated stories into their reporting, while forcing them on the public.
He said: “Some people want to make their opinions their facts, and force it on us. Remember that conscience is an open wound; only truth can heal it.
“We must tell you that the quality of your media practice is low.
“For us in Imo, we are doing our best to grow the profession.”
The governor listed areas his administration has contributed to growth of the media, such as employment of media workers, sustaining the state owned print and electronic media outfits, which include: Nigeria Statesman and Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), as well as training and re-training practitioners.