NewsJournalists Told To Be Objective In Their Political Reportage

Journalists covering general elections in Nigeria commencing tomorrow (Saturday) have been advised to be objective and fear Allah in their political reportage.

The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) gave the advice in a statement issued by the National President of the Association, AbdulRahman Balogun in Abuja; who said Journalists should operate within the ethics of the profession which encompasses accuracy and objectivity.

It particularly reminded Muslim Journalists to always imbibe the motto of the Association: ‘Say the truth even if it affects you’.

The statement read in part: “Allah says in the Holy Qur’an chapter 52 verse 56: ‘And i did not create the Jinn and the mankind except to worship me’, therefore, all activities of a Muslim should be in the service of humanity and his creator.

Muslims should shun fake news and ensure that all reports are verified to be true reflection of event before releasing it to the public through various media”

“Let me use this opportunity to call on our Muslim brethren to pray fervently to Allah during Jumma’at worship peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria as well as smooth transition from civilian government to civilian government on May 29.
“Undoubtedly, the country is undergoing serious challenges and as such, all hands must be on deck to restore the nation to the path of excellence”.

The Association then called on the Federal Government to ensure that Journalists and Voters have a conducted environment during the elections.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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