The Bayelsa State Government has called on journalists in the state to continue to work for the peace, stability and progress of the state through fair and balanced reportage of activities.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson made the call in a statement to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom Day.
He described practicing journalists in the state as critical partners in the development of Bayelsa, especially under the present Restoration Government of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.
According to him, it is in recognition of their role and importance that the government since inception have supported them to effectively carry out their duties and operate without hindrance.
Iworiso-Markson explained that Bayelsa today can be adjudged to be one of the safest states for the practice of the journalism profession and assured that the government will not relent to sustain the current peaceful atmosphere for them.
He urged them to be fair and objective in reporting issues leading to the campaigns and main election of the scheduled local government and Governorship polls.
The Information Commissioner who expressed worry over the rising tide of fake news also condemned the growing threats and hazards faced by journalists across the country.
“This year’s World Press Freedom Day reminds us again of the critical role journalists play in the development of our democracy. For the Government of His Excellency the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, we see journalists as key stakeholders. That is why we have always worked with them to achieve peace, stability and progress.
“We condemn as a government the attack and killings of journalists in other parts of the country by forces of darkness. We call on governments at all levels to continue to protect journalists as they go about their legitimate duties.
“The coming local and governorship elections in the state is crucial. We use this opportunity to appeal to journlaists in the state to be fair and balanced in their reports of the elections.
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