World Communication Day: Return Communication To Healthy Purposes, Pope Urges
Very apt, says Bishop of Nnewi From Chuks Collins, Awka
Pope Francis 2019 World Communications Day message which called on media practitioners to give professionalism, soul and positive life to the practice and to return its practice to healthy positive aims has been described as very apt by the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, His Lordship, Rev Hilary Odili Okeke.
The bishop said the message cannot be truer in our contemporary world especially at a time like now, when the world needed to be encouraged to “…return to the positive potentials of the Internet in creating the necessary connections and cooperation between people and in building authentic human community…”
Xraying the theme of the Papal message -“We are members of one another, from social network communities to human community” which took root from the biblical passage of Ephesians 4:25, at a special event organized by the Catholic diocese of Nnewi, Anambra State yesterday where media practitioners within and outside the state converged to commemorate the day, the Vicar General of the diocese, Monsignor Patrick Ezeobata said the journalists should do their work with the fear of God.
He said it is imperative for media practitioners to eschew falsehood, lies and intentional misinformation in their news reporting as such could harm persons, groups or organizations.
He acknowledged the vital importance of media practitioners to the society and as such have to be truthful in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
Chairman of the occasion and Chief Medical Director of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital(NAUTH), Prof Anthony Igwegbe lamented that the evils the social media is wrecking in the society and therefore urged practitioners to be progressive and positive in their reportage. This, he noted was to avoid heating up the polity or to use their reports to cause trouble in the society.
He recalled a personal experience where a fake Facebook account was opened in his name and was being used to defraud the unsuspecting members of public, until it was brought to his notice he quickly out up a disclaimer.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba -himself a top-rated media personality, urged media practitioners to avoid being used by unscrupulous politicians especially for evil purposes in the society.
The director of communication of the Diocese, Rev Fr Martin Onwudiwe in his address said the advent of internet is a blessing to humanity as it has helped to bring the whole world together in a global village.
But lamented that the world apparently is tending toward exaggerating the uses of the social media to the extent that daily social lives is gradually being displaced by the artificial world of social media.
In a question and answer session, the audience lamented the negative impact the Internet as a means of communication is having in societal living today, especially on interpersonal contact and communication. Also topical was the present scourge of live recording, streaming and posting of plans and actual acts including suicide fad by today’s youth.