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Apr 21, 2018


Catholic Media Practitioners and professionals have been called upon to promote good values and eschew publication of fake news and falsehood in order to facilitate justice, peace and development in the country. The advice was given by the Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Rev. Martin Uzoukwu, in his address to the eight Regional Conference of the association of Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CAMPAN), of the old Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province.

The three-day conference which had A New Media Age and National Security as its theme took place at the St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, and was attended by diocesan directors of communication from the Northern region, delegates from all the Archdioceses and dioceses of the old Kaduna Province and some national officers of CAMPAN. The Bishop’s address was delivered by Very Rev. Fr. Sylvester Luka Gopep, the Vicar General of Minna Diocese.

Stressing that Catholic media practitioners should be role models in the discharge of their duties and impact positively on the society, Bishop Uzoukwu spoke on the theme of the conference and declared that the media has a major role to play by using the new media to promote justice, peace and development. This can be done by publishing the truth and facts and avoid fake news and dissemination of false information, the bishop said. He noted negative use of the new media could lead to crisis within the society, among communities; and even wars among nations, thus constituting threat to national security.

The local ordinary of Minna Diocese stressed that the media, through its activities should facilitate unity and not divide the country; pointing out that the negative use of the media has led to the untimely deaths of many. He urged the participants to evaluate the negative aspects of the new media and come out with workable resolutions that could counter the challenges they pose.

In his homily at the opening Mass, Very Rev. Fr. Sylvester Gopep called on Catholic media practitioners to emulate the apostles and always obey God in the process of carrying out their apostolate. He urged them to be courageous in saying the truth always because Christ will always protect and bless them in the cause of serving humanity for the greater glory of God. He urged them to be believers and witnesses of Christ by disseminating the Good News without fear or favour.

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