Social Media Dangerous, Doesn’t Give A Damn About Ethics – NBC Boss
The DG who was represented by a Director at the Commission, Dr. Armstrong Idachaba spoke at the opening of a two-day National Conference of Catholic Social and Communication Directors on Tuesday.
The theme of the conference is, “The Nigerian Media: The Ethics of Reporting Violence in Nigeria.”
According to Kawu, “I must now draw our attention to the now evident, not emerging anymore, danger of the insensitivity of the social media. It does not even pretend to have ethical foundations and it does not give a damn about it. I will indulge us to investigate this disturbing trend,” he said adding that ”The role of the social media is adding salt to the injuries created by the lack of ethics by the media.”
While reiterating that the media had patriotic and professional roles to play in reporting violence, Kawu explained that that media “must remember that beyond reporting, it must protect the sanctity and humanity of the Nigerian society, at all times. It must be sensitive to the national ethos and the sanctity of humanity.”
The Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Kukah admonished Journalists to ensure that honesty, patriotism and the love for peace and unity became their watchwords.
“Often, there is much anxiety as to how the media get their information for their reportage. The decisions journalists make can make countries to decide to go to war or not. Journalists must yet be respected, but they should work according to the ethics of their noble profession,” Kukah emphasised.
Citing the rumour of the death of President Buhari in his paper titled, “Managing Information in Conflict Situations,” former Director-General of NBC, Mallam Danladi Bako stated that “conflict periods occur when wild stories emanate from the blues just as in the rumoured ‘death of our President’ on the Internet.”
The conference was organised to brainstorm on the ethics of Journalism.