The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has charged journalists in the country to always report accurate stories and avoid quoting people out of context.
The Warri monarch gave this charge at his palace in Warri, Delta State where he hosted the Warri Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, led by its Chairman, Mr Akpokona Omafuaire.
He called on journalists to always discharge their duties with utmost respect for professional ethics to avoid unfair publicity injurious to newsmakers.
“I am aware that the 4th estate of the realm is guided by ethics. I charge you to uphold these tenets conscientiously to avoid unfair publicity that tends to injure the reputations of newsmakers and sometimes generates tension.
“Nowadays, some persons are restraint in speaking to the press, because of different ugly experiences. You can say something and it comes out in the media as a different thing, you are quoted out of context or misrepresented.
“However, any informed person knows the role you play as pressmen are key to societal growth. It is important you work with respect for your ethics so that the overall value of your role helps in moving society forward on the pact of peace and justice,” Ogiame Ikenwole said.