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You must get it right in the media to avoid skirmishes with countries – Minister

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has called on the media to continually maintain professionalism and accurately represent the image of the country.

Onyeama made the call at a one-day seminar for journalists accredited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

The Minister also noted that it was important to evaluate the role of the media, adding that their contributions were pertinent to the growth of national and global development.

“The way we disseminate news has completely been transformed in the electronic age and social media is now a huge force.

“Sometimes we do get that impression in Nigeria that some of our journalists are just ready to be directed on what to write for whatever reasons, it should not be that way.

“It is a heroic profession and we cannot thank journalists enough for the role they play in our world to maintain and enforce democracy and in defence of human rights.”

Getting it right

Onyeama also urged journalists accredited to the Ministry to always ensure they publish information correctly to avoid diplomatic skirmishes.

“Diplomacy is very sensitive if you do not get it right in the media, it can affect relationships with countries.”

He further urged enhanced partnership with the media to enhance Nigeria’s relationship with the rest of the world.