The new Director of communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Very. Rev. Fr. Mike Umoh has appealed to media regulators to be sincere and avoid policies that will deprive people of their fundamental right to information and freedom of expression. Speaking at a Media briefing held recently at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja, the Director urged the regulators to channel more efforts towards media education that is aimed at achieving positive and healthy journalism, rather than clamping down on social media outfits.
Fr. Umoh also commended various media organizations that have shared in the Catholic secretariat’s dreams of disseminating positive education for social engineering, as well as propagating same value. In his remarks, the Secretary General of Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Very Rev. Fr. Zachariah Samjumi reiterated the need for the media to propagate the truth at all times, especially in the era of social media, where in some aspects, communication technology has been manipulated, and used to cause confusion and chaos. He explained that at present, Nigeria is operating on dangerous terrain, which requires the media to be visibly involved in ensuring transparency and professionalism. Some media houses were honoured on the occasion, for their contributions in propagating the doctrine of the Catholic Church.