The Director General of Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria FRCN, Dr Mansur Liman has advised journalists covering hajj exercise to always be guided by the principle of objectivity and fairness in their reports.
The veteran broadcaster harps on the need for journalist to adhere with concept of balance story and also be guided by the Quranic verses that upholds verification of information before passing them to the public. “there are difference between facts and comments and journalism is not a fault finding profession, rather we are to reports issues as they are presented and not go beyond spying at peoples privates lives.
Dr Mansur stated this when he delivered paper titled “ethics of the journalist in hajj coverage during the inauguration and induction of 2019 hajj national media team that took place on Thursday inside the Library hall of national mosque in Abuja.
NAHCON Chairman, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed urges journalist to serve as a watchdog to hajj service providers. “Assist us by being our EFCC, SSS, ICPC so by reporting service deficiencies for on spot corrective measure. Abdullahi urges members of the team to display high level of professionalism and abides by the ethics of the noble profession.
“Tell us whenever you see things going wrong so that we can correct them, then you can write a better reports that. I see something wrong, I reported it to hajj commission and it was corrected for the benefit of pilgrims.
The media team comprises of states appointed media crew and nominations from different media houses that will work under NAHCON.
The NAHCON media team comprises of Journalists from Daily Trust, News Agency of Nigeria, the Nation Newspaper, NTA, FRCN, Independent Hajj Reporters, Liberty TV, Freedom Radio, Vanguard, Blue prints newspaper among others.