Media practitioners in Ogun State have been urged to desist from reports capable of creating panic, fear and unrest in the society, rather, messages of hope that would positively affect the people in the State should be disseminated.
The Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Media and Public Communications, Hon. Remmy Hazzan made this known at Iwe-Iroyin Hall, Oke- Ilewo, Abeokuta, during a training programme, organised by the State’s Ministry of Information and Strategy, in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), for selected reporters across the State on Covid-19 pandemic.
Hon. Hazzan said the role of media at this critical period transcends just informing the people or setting agenda but more importantly, to use appropriate approach of reportage, which he said, would go a long way in enlightening and educating the populace on necessary precautionary measures to be taken towards stemming the tide of the virus.
According to the Special Adviser, “there is a way we can strike a balance between ethical journalism and empathy while reporting issues to inform the public that there is hope at the end of the tunnel, as opting to press the panic button in a sensitive reportage as with Covid-19, would have a ripple effect on the psyche, emotion and the mind of the people, which invariably affect their mental health”.
He reassured the people of government’s strive at ensuring that Ogun State is Covid-19 free, while enjoining all to keep practicing safety protocols as directed by government and medical experts.
In his address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abiodun Awere, called on all stakeholders to join hands with government to tackle the pandemic, commending the various steps already taken by the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration to flatten the curve of the disease in the State.
Press Officer, Min. of Information & Strategy