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Bayelsa State Government yesterday urged journalists to avoid being used as agents of discord to destabilize the system ahead of the local government and governorship elections in July and November respectively.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who stated this when the leadership of the Federated Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, paid him a courtesy visit in Yenagoa, said it is the desire of government and the people to have a peaceful election and transition.
“We are going into a very crucial election and we need the support of the media because your reports go national and the eyes of the world would be focused on Bayelsa State and one of the things we want to avoid is a situation where the state is thrown into chaos as a result of the election.
“Elections in Bayelsa State sometimes is described as war and rightly so not because we don’t know how to conduct ourselves but because we have certain elements amongst us who want to grab power at all costs at the expense of the lives of our people, therefore, it is sad that every election cycle people die as a result of violence and brigandage and one of the things that they do is to use the media to propagate falsehood to stoke the embers of discord among the people.
“As journalists, you owe it a duty to the state and yourselves that you report all sides and give all sides fair hearing, balance your reports and resist being used by disgruntled politicians to disseminate outright falsehood because it doesn’t augur well. We want peaceful elections and transition in Bayelsa and we are hoping that in this election there will be no casualty and as journalists we have a huge responsibility to ensure that the environment is safe by not writing to overheat the polity.
Earlier, the Chairman of the FCC, Mr. Julius Osahon said the body was at the commissioner’s office as part of its visit to news makers in the state to ensure that its members discharge their duties without obstruction.

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