–October 30, 2021, By Mark C.Orgu
ABUJA-The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a stern warning to section of the media who derives joy in painting the country’s challenges black, and making things look gory to desist from it, stressing however that the Service would not tolerate any form of incessant sensational reportage capable of causing national threat. The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Dr. Peter Afunanya in statement, reads:
“Department of State Service wishes to draw public attention to the manner sections of the media have continued to sensationalise news relating to some of the security challenges in parts of the country. It is observed that some media handlers give unnecessary attention and coverage to the activities of bandits, terrorists and secessionists. This is condemnable given that these elements thrive on undeserved publicity which they enjoy from media patronage”
“Amidst heightened insecurity in the South East and the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election, the media is advised to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news. The DSS believes that this dimension of reportage holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence. The Service will, however, continue to collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure not only a hitch free electoral exercise but that a conducive environment necessary for citizens to pursue their legitimate businesses in and outside the State is provided”.
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