‘Furthermore, virtuous journalists are extremely meticulous in the selection and presentation of what they consider to meet the standard of truth and honesty in their reporting. In other words, they don’t imitate stories that can lead to libel or deceitful slandering of another individual. Also, conscientious journalists check their sources of information and verify their stories’
By Dr. (Mrs) Veronica Ogbuagu, February 10, 2021, News/Commentary
WARRI-Todor Zhivkov once opined that, “A good journalist is not one that writes what people say, but the one that writes what he is supposed to write“. I had to start this write up by citing this quote because it clearly depict the skewed narration of events at the APC’s stakeholders meeting held on February 3, 2021 at the state party secretariat. I was astonished after reading the Sahara Reporters reportage of events and I kept asking myself, “Are they talking about the same stakeholders meeting where The Deputy Senate President addressed the stakeholders that were present on the need for us to mobilise more people for the revalidation and registration exercise of our party?” Are they talking about the same stakeholders meeting that I attended and was given the opportunity to say the closing prayer? “”At what point during or after the meeting did the stakeholders throw plastic chairs at one another?”.”At what point did the The Deputy Senate President and State Caretaker Chairman escape through the back gate?” The more I ruminated on these questions, the more bamboozled I became.
I was at the venue of the meeting as early as 10AM on the said day and I didn’t leave till about 4PM. I got to the venue long before The Deputy Senate President came and didn’t leave until he left the venue. This is why I am still wondering till this moment, where and how Sahara Reporters got their story.
The truth is that I didn’t even know that there were squabbles at the entrance to the venue among members of the party from Delta North and some of their leaders. I only got to know of the fight at the entrance on my way home through my younger brothers who accompanied me to the meeting and who witnessed first-hand what happened.
I had to give this brief explanation because as a people we should not be quick to forget how untrue stories from unscrupulous journalists have contributed greatly to the destruction of a lot countries across the world. We should learn from the mistakes of other countries.
I am not a journalist, but that notwithstanding I am familiar with some of the attributes of ethical journalism. Firstly, principled journalists look at their profession as a calling and they are motivated by a responsibility to keep the public accurately and honestly informed about events. Furthermore, virtuous journalists are extremely meticulous in the selection and presentation of what they consider to meet the standard of truth and honesty in their reporting. In other words, they don’t imitate stories that can lead to libel or deceitful slandering of another individual. Also, conscientious journalists check their sources of information and verify their stories. They do this because they know that providing misleading and false information whether accidentally or intentionally amount to a professional sin. The reward for such a sin is a very big badge of shame.
The majority of the population rely on journalists to be informed, to act as their eyes, ears and mouthpiece because of these sterling virtues that are associated with honourable journalists. It is however, very saddening that Sahara Reporters didn’t exhibit these outstanding attributes of their noble profession in their narrative of events that took place at APC’s stakeholders meeting.
It is incumbent on Sahara Reporters to take the path of honour by recanting their story and apologizing to The Deputy Senate President and The State Caretaker Chairman of the APC.
Dr. Ogbuagu was a former Commissioner of Education, Delta State, wrote from Warri
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