JOHNSON OJO, Ado Ekiti
The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Dioccese, Most Rev. Felix Femi Ajakaye, has called on journalists in Nigeria, to shun fake news and promote peace in the country.
Bishop Ajakaye, said fake news is destructive hence, newsmen should promote news that are truth and would make the society to develop the country and its citizens.
Most Rev. Ajakaye, gave the charge at the “2018 World Communications Day”, held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, with the theme: “The truth will set you free”According to the Bishop, “fake news is just like Ebola”, which will not lead us to anywhere, saying Nigeria is heading towards ruin and if we do not come together as one and as a country”
He charge media professionals not to promote “one chance journalism”, but do follow up stories on the need to help ourselves and the nation.“for us to overcome fake news, we need to overcome what we don’t want other people to do to us, so that we can all stay together as brothers and sisters”He condemned acts that are ravaging the nation, where the youths are getting their money through immoral acts, urging the people to shun those acts and be godly, saying those acts cannot give peace to our land.
He enumerated the four sins of the media, which include misinformation, defamation, calumny and god-fatherism.
He charged the people and the politicians not to promote money politics, nothing that when we continue in this act, it cannot get the nation to the right path.
“Don’t sell your conscience; be good in your words and your deeds.In the Message of His Holiness, Pope Francis for the people titled: “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32), Fake news and Journalism for peace, Pope Francis “invite everyone to promote a Journalism of peace”
“I mean a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans and sensational headlism. A journalism created by people for people, one that is at the service of all, especially those and they are the majority in our world – who have no voive.
“A journalism less concentrated on breaking news than on exploring the underlying causes of conflicts, in order to promote deeper understanding and contribute to their resolution by setting in place virtuous processes”
“A journalism committed to pointing out alternatives to the escalation of shouting matches and verbal violence”Pope Francis noted: “The truth will set you free”, saying people who lie to themselves and listen to their own lie come to such a pass that they cannot distinguish the truth within them, or around them, and so lose all respect for themselves and for others.
“And having no respect, they cease to love, and in order to occupy and distract themselves without love they give way to passion and to coarse pleasures, and sink to bestiality in their vices, all from continual lying to others and to themselves” Pope Francis ended up by saying, Peace is the true news, “that is why ensuring the accuracy of sources and protecting communication are real means of promoting goodness, generating trust, and opening the way to communion and peace”.
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