The New National Director of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Very Rev Fr. Mike Umoh, has appealed to media regulators to be sincere and avoid policies that will deprive the citizenry of their right to freedom of expression.
The Cleric who stated this during a media conference at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja, urged the regulators to channel more efforts towards media education that is aimed at achieving positive and healthy journalism, rather than clamping down on social media outfits.
“More efforts should be channelled towards media education, rather thaN clamping down media outfits in the country. This is in line with the philosophy of our office which sends for positive and healthy journalism; journalism for growth and development of the human person and society,” he explained.
The Secretary-General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, CNS, Rev Fr Zachariah Samjumi said: “Communication is the stronghold of human existence and relationship in relation to life of the government, the church and the human society globally.”
Fr Samjumi also stressed “The role of the media as professionals in building and sustaining a healthy society that is fair and just, considering that we in an era wherein some quarters, communication technology has been manipulated and used to cause confusion and fan embers of disunity and chaos.
“Let me also use this opportunity to remind you that in the discharge of your duties as the fourth estate of the realm, you have the sacred duty of playing your role efficiently in ensuring that the country relishes in peace, justice and equity,” he stated.
The administrative headquarter of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, therefore, promised more support to such an existing social relationship with the media.
“As well as recognized some media organisations who have shared in our dream of positive communication for social engineering and in our tasks in propagating the Catholic faith through the mass media,” the Cleric added.
Source: Voice of Nigeria