By Festus Fifen.
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday drew public attention to the manner sections of the media have continued to sensationalize news relating to some of the security challenges in parts of the country.
In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the DSS Dr. Peter Afunanya, made available to BEN Television, The services observed that some media handlers give unnecessary attention and coverage to the activities of bandits, terrorists, and secessionists. This is condemnable given that these elements thrive on undeserved publicity which they enjoy from media patronage.
According to Afunanya, ” Amidst heightened insecurity in the South East and the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election, the media is advised to apply restraint and avoid sensationalizing news.
” The DSS believes that this dimension of reportage holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence. The Service will, however, continue to collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure not only a hitch-free electoral exercise but that a conducive environment necessary for citizens to pursue their legitimate businesses in and outside the State is provided.” He concluded.
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