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Kumbo Journalists Enjoined To Embrace Truth

World Press Freedom Day:

Journalists pose for family picture

Journalists in Kumbo, Bui Division of the Northwest Region, have been enjoined to embrace the truth while exercising their duties.

Rev. Father Andrew Ngah made the call in Kumbo on Sunday, May 2, during commemorative activities marking the World Press Freedom Day on May 3. The 2021 edition was celebrated under the theme, “Information as a Public Good.” Journalists in Kumbo were drilled on how to table information that can be likened to the public good.

“The aspect of communication in human life is working with the mind of God. Truth without love is incomplete; purpose-driven communication is God’s essence. Before you communicate, ask yourself these questions: Is what I am saying true? Is it helpful towards a common good? Is it verifiable? Is it good? These questions are very important for a journalist,” Rev. Ngah said.

He urged all journalist to shun fear which, according to him, is an acronym for – False Expectation Appearing Real.

Edwin Kilofenyuy, a participant said, for information to be consumed by the audience, it must be verifiable, true and not destructive. While recounting the huddles that journalists in Kumbo have gone through due to the socio-political crisis rocking the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, Edwin said: “Report only that which is true and helpful, if it is true and not helpful, kill it.”

Reporting in Kumbo, as well as other parts of the region goes with lots of challenges. The on-going war in the Englsih-speaking regions of the country; lack of electricity; the absence of motivation; and hatred amongst journalists are some of the challenges hindering proper reporting in Kumbo.

In all, journalists were cautioned to work as a team and that love should be a primordial factor as they exercise their duties. To achieve this goal, Media men and women agreed to begin the Kumbo Press Forum with elections of the exco scheduled to take place during the pioneer meeting on Friday, May 7.

By Amos Wirngo

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