Media practitioners are encouraged to avoid fake news and promote peace in the country.
The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, the Most Reverend Callistus Onaga, gave the advice at a Holy Mass to mark World Communications Day.
Bishop Onaga who presented message of the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, which anchored on the need to search for the truth, advised journalist to be objective and a void news that promoted disunity.
The Most Reverend Onaga further advised them to guard against false information about life
and times of members of the public.
Speaking on the theme of the event “The Truth Shall Set you Free; Fake News and Journalism for Peace,” the Commissioner for Information Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe reminded media workers that credibility remained the cornerstone of the profession.
The Keynote Speaker, Professor Ike Ndolo, highlighted the importance of truth in journalism profession and called on t
he practitioners to abide by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Code. In another presentation, a former caretaker committee Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Enugu State Council, Mr. James Oparaekeocha, noted that truth occupied a strategic position in making the world a better place.
Some journalists interviewed said they were happy to participate in this year’s event.
The celebration which was attended by dignitaries featured cultural dance, match past and blessing of working tools for journalists.