Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Bro. Felix Obuah has called on the journalist in the state to think of development journalist as the best practice.
Obuah made this observations in his goodwill message to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day Celebration in Port Harcourt.
In a statement of goodwill entitled “Kudos to the Nigerian Press” and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, the State PDP boss said considering the humble beginning of the press in Nigeria and the height it has attained today in global reckoning, media men and women should be commended.
“They have actually done well by all descriptions having overcome the challenges posed by the analogue system to competing with the rest of the world in the contemporary digital and internet media regime”, Bro. Obuah noted.
He however regretted that the Nigerian Press is yet to pull off completely the vestiges of westernization in news reporting and coverage.
“Rather than highlight the developmental projects and landmark achievements as is the case in Rivers State under Governor Nyesom Wike, some media men seem to be reluctant to do so and prefer to promote those things that tend to threaten the unity of our people.”
According to Bro. Obuah, the massive developmental projects and the near magical turn-around of the situation in the State from the parlous and precarious state left behind by the immediate past regime under Rotimi Amaechi ought to attract media searchlight for global attention than they have recorded.
He enjoined media practitioners to be wary of enemies of progress in whatever guise who revel in distracting them from objective and impartial reportage which is the fulcrum of journalism.