By James Ezema
As Journalists in Gombe State join their counterparts the world over to commemorate the world Press Freedom Day today, 3rd May, 2020, the State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has paid tribute to media practitioners in the state for their resilience and commitment in enlightening and sensitizing the citizenry on Government policies and programmes and developments around the world amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
In a goodwill message, Governor Yahaya particularly praised the sacrifice and active role of Jounalists in the state in the coverage of covid-19 as well as their sensitization of the public on compliance with restriction orders and adherence to the protective measures and protocols of the pandemic.
While making reference to the theme of this year’s celebration, “Journalism without Fear or Favour”, the Governor said as watchdogs of the society and voice of the people, Journalists must continue to uphold the ethics of their profession by promoting the ideals of democracy, justice, accountability, peace and unity as well as updating the general public on developments around the world through their reportage and editorial policies.
While urging the media practitioners to always guard against fake news and misinformation as well as ensure accurate and balanced reportage of events and activities, Governor Yahaya assured to continue to work with the media as partners and critical allies in his determination to entrench transparency, accountability and openness in governance in Gombe state.