True professionalism and patriotism on the part of media practitioners will help to entrench Democracy in Nigeria.
Governor of Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta region of the country, Seriake Dickson said this at the third annual conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, GOCOP in Lagos.
Governor Dickson said that a free and vibrant media was the hallmark of a truly Democratic State or government.
”Without the media, there is no democracy and if there is no freedom of speech, then, there would be a total absence of democracy,” he said.
He however agreed that the social media has been the bane of media practice with the posting of unverified reports and stories capable of sabotaging the national interest.
Violence Free Bayelsa Election
In a related development, Governor Seriake Dickson has called for a violence-free gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State as the citizens go to the polls on November 16.
“The election is coming and we call for a free and fair election, we call for impartiality and professionalism on the part of all the agencies and institutions involved in the electoral process,” the Governor said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria had announced that 45 political parties would contest the governorship election in Bayelsa.