Friday 18th August, 2017
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Experts task media, military on mutual trust

Experts task media, military on mutual trust

The lingering mutual sus­picion between the me­dia and the military has been identified as reason the two rarely agree on access to, and use of information.
This was the consensus of participants at a one-day semi­nar for Defence Correspon­dents organised by the Defence Headquarters on Thursday at Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
It was also the consensus of participants that the me­dia should not be portrayed as lapdog or attack dog, but a watchdog with enormous re­sponsibility to balance between the public right to know and the imperatives of national se­curity.
In a paper titled: “Informa­tion Management and Na­tional Security: Challenges and Prospects”, Dr Igomu Onoja, opined that the military and media have unrealistic expec­tations of each other resulting from differences in professional mandate which is sometimes understandable.
He however identified a meeting point between the two extremes, saying that, “while the soldier moves towards dan­ger to quell it, the reporter does so to get news”, thereby expos­ing both to danger.
He said decried commercial­ization of information and “let them pay syndrome” prevalent in most media organizations to­day, which he said, undermines the journalistic principle of ob­jectivity, fairness and decency and gave way for ownership and economic interests.

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