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Thursday, 11 May 2017

IMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR FORGIVES JOURNALIST, DROPS LEGAL CHARGES


Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere has again demonstrated his forgiving spirit and peaceful dispositions as he has suspended pressing charges against one Chucks Nwokeji; a journalist and publisher of News Alert over a libel publication.



The Deputy Governor making real his kind gesture also instructed his legal team to withdraw the libel suit against the said journalist which is at the stage of delivery of judgment in the Owerri High court.
                        
Madumere who said he forgave in the spirit of Imo Freedom Day used the opportunity to urge journalists in the State on the need for constructive   and investigative journalism, adding that these principles are the hallmark of the profession.

Speaking further, he said he prefers to utilize legitimate means to seek redress when injured rather than take laws into his hands. He also commended Chucks Nwokeji for taking responsibility and for seeking an understanding from him.

He advised Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, to beam their search lights on fake journalists so as to rid the profession of bad eggs and ensure that competent and articulated individuals are admitted into the profession.

He described the role of journalists as important and highly sensitive, pointing out that as gate keepers and agenda setters, journalists are expected to be apolitical and impartial.
The Deputy Governor urged journalists in the State to ensure balanced reportage, pointing out that the Media are indispensable in any democracy especially in Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.

Beaming with appreciation, Chucks Nwokeji thanked Madumere for the gesture, describing him as a man full of human kindness. He described him as a lover of peace, applauding him for his many sacrifices to enthrone peace wherever he finds himself.

He pledged to use his tabloid for the good of the entire State and promised to do all to ensure that everyone on his employ comply with the ethics and ethos of journalism.

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