Bayelsa govt mobilises against smear campaign

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa – Bayelsa State Government, yesterday, engaged members of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and civil society groups in the state, over the planned campaign against rumour mongering and spread of false claims on the policies and plans of the current administration in the state.

The government, through the Public Information Management Committee, PIMC, during an interactive session with members of non-governmental organisations, pressure groups and other stakeholders, said though the campaign against rumour mongering was active, “it is to ensure proper dissemination of information.”

Chairman of the committee, Chief Boma Spero-Jack, said the campaign through the committee was committed to work with the public, especially the media, to ensure that misinformation does not become a way of life for the people of the state.

According to him, the campaign by the state government can only succeed with the support and inputs of stakeholders.

He called on media organisations to ensure that the people of the state get the right information so as to avoid misinformation.

He said: “Let me assure you that this is not a gagging committee. It does not say don’t speak. It does not say that it is an offence to speak. The committee is set up to encourage you to speak. The only proviso is that you make sure that you check your facts. Any meaningful individual or organisation must make sure you uphold the ethics of the profession.”

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