Catholic Media Decries Infiltration of Quacks in Journalism Profession
It has been observed with dismay the infiltration of quacks into the journalism profession, which negates professionalism, thereby causing discord and disaffection in their reportage. This is due to financial inducements, which have corrupted some of the media professionals into praise singers.
These observations were made in a resolution reached at the sixth Northern Regional Conference of the Catholic Media Professionals Association (CAMPASS), signed by Northern Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Osu, and the Director of Social Communications Makurdi Diocese, Reverend Father Moses Iorapuu, which was held at Pope John Paul Pastoral Centre, Makurdi, Benue State Friday.
With the Theme: “The Role of the Media in a Democratic Rule,” the body called on the regulatory bodies to screen practitioners, in order to avoid unprofessionalism, while the professionals should abide by the ethics of the profession so as to enhance the dignity of the profession.
Also in the resolution, the Association noted that in spite of the Freedom of Information Act, media professionals are still faced with the challenges of in-depth reporting.
They, however, urged the Federal Government to fully enforce the freedom of information act to create a conducive atmosphere, especially in the areas of insecurity and bottle-necks so as to enable media professionals to have hitch-free access to information.
The Association urged the media professionals to give more attention to developmental and grassroots reports, while the catholic media practitioners should as a matter of urgency identify with CAMPASS and live the faith through their media organisations.
The Association, therefore, appealed to Catholic Bishops and Priests to motivate and support the catholic media professionals in their dioceses, in order to encourage the formation of CAMPASS structure in all the dioceses.
They expressed hoped that the outcome of the conference would strengthen and reposition the catholic media professionals for the greater task of evangelizing the faith through their various media platforms.