Gombe state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Tuesday urged journalists not to derail the ethics of their profession by promoting the ideals of democracy, justice, accountability, peace and unity.
This was contained in a goodwill message, made available to newsmen in Gombe by the director-general of press affairs to the governor, Samaila Uba Misilli, in Gombe.
Yahaya paid tribute to media practitioners in the state for their resilience and commitment in enlightening and sensitising the citizenry on government policies and programmes as well as updating the general public on developments around the world through their reportage and editorial contents.
While making reference to the theme of this year’s celebration, “Information as a Public Good”, the governor said as watchdogs of the society and voice of the people, journalists must always guard against fake news and misinformation and ensure accurate and balanced reportage of events and activities.
“This year’s World Press Freedom Day’s theme, “Information as a Public Good” serves as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good, and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism, and to advance transparency and empowerment while leaving no one behind,” he stated.