By Gloria Abutu
Media professionals have been charged to practice responsible journalism by communicating the truth at all times.
The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza gave the charge during the Holy mass to commemorate the 57th World Day of Social Communications at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Damilu, Yola.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s Commemoration, “Speaking with the Heart”, Reverend Dami Mamza urged journalists not to be afraid of reporting the truth even in the face of daunting challenges and stressed the need for them to purify their hearts in order to stay on the path of truth.
According to him, “No matter how difficult it is, you should insist on telling the truth.
It is your duty and responsibility to proclaim the truth.
Communication should not be used as an instrument to commit acrimony”, he added.
Bishop Dami Mamza who is also the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria CAN in Adamawa State, urged people to be wary of Fake News which according to him, is capable of misleading the people and causing chaos in the society.
He therefore called on parents and guardians to caution their children and wards from spreading misinformation through the various social media platforms.
“The media should be used with a sense of responsibility.
Let it be used in order to create harmony, good relationship,love within the community and reconciliation even among our people”, he said.
Bishop Dami Mamza also appreciated journalists for their support and collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Yola in the past 12 years of his stewardship and advised them to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit to enable them carry out their responsibilities effectively.
Highlight of the celebration was special prayers for members of Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, CAMPAN.