Distortion and misinterpretation of facts have pervaded journalism practice to the extent that the public don’t believe in the journalist anymore. As a result, people were mislead and misguided on the information published or broadcast because the information is not factual and concise.
Lack of accuracy, fairness, and sometimes prejudice in our reportage have discredit the noble profession. Whenever a journalist decides to write or report anything far from the Truth of the happenings, it is highly likely that such information will end up misleading the public which oftentimes causes chaos in the society.
Even with the rigorous censorship that pervaded contemporary journalism practice, a journalist must remain neutral in especially religious, tribal, political, regional or controversial coverage.
Journalist trade’s on fact’s, so there is no alternative to Truth in it, but most of our online newspapers are busy publishing something far from the Truth. Media practitioners became the megaphone of politicians by praising political bigwigs.
Professional integrity is part of the universally accepted code, and a violation of which will discredit the profession, journalism is a noble profession so we should not debase or dent it.
The Nigerian Union of journalists NUJ, the national Broadcasting Commission NBC and all other related unions, need to wage a relentless war against this shameful trend so that the few corrupt journalist will not mar the profession.
Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng sent in the piece from Shelleng LGA of Adamawa State