DSS advises media against sensationalism



The Department of State Services (DSS) has cautioned the media against sensationalising “news relating to some of the security challenges in parts of the country.”

A statement signed by DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said it has been observed that some media handlers pay unnecessary attention to bandits terrorists and secessionist, a development the agency said is condemnable.

According to Afunanya, “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to draw public attention to the manner sections of the media have continued to sensationalise news relating to some of the security challenges in parts of the country.

“It is observed that some media handlers give unnecessary attention and coverage to the activities of bandits, terrorists and secessionists. This is condemnable given that these elements thrive on undeserved publicity which they enjoy from media patronage.

He noted that “Amidst heightened insecurity in the South East and the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election, the media is advised to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news. 

He said the the DSS believes that this dimension of reportage holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence.

According to the spokesman, “The Service will, however, continue to collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure not only a hitch free electoral exercise but that a conducive environment necessary for citizens to pursue their legitimate businesses in and outside the State is provided.”