Journalists have been advised to shun sensational reports merely filled with propaganda, describing such as bane of the society.
The visiting priest in St. Michael’s Catholic Parish, Amakohia Owerri in Imo state, Reverend Father Longinus Chinagorom, gave the admonition during a church mass on Sunday.
He said most of the problems currently confronting the nation were caused by ‘fake news’.
According to the cleric, “The press is the mirror and conscience of the society. As such, whatever they send to the public travels fast like the wild fire.
“Fake news has done more harm than good to Nigeria. Our pressmen have deviated from the core value of their profession to engage in sensational reports merely to sell their products. This is a misnomer.
“Look at what is happening today in our country. Crisis has taken the larger part of the nation. In this situation, the journalists are expected to inform the public with verifiable news to avoid aggravating the situation.
“I urge men of the fourth estate of the realm to restore the dignity of the profession by engaging in investigative journalism in order to save the nation from imminent collapse.”
The Catholic Priest however urged the government of the day to proffer lasting solutions to the prevailing security situation in the country by finding the root cause of it.”