The Department of State Services (DSS) has called on media practitioners to stop undeserved publicity of the activities of bandits, terrorists and secessionists in Nigeria.
The assertion came in a statement signed by the Services Spokesman, Mr Peter Afunanya, in which he said; “It is observed that some media handlers give unnecessary attention and coverage to the activities of bandits, terrorists and secessionists.
The DSS wishes to draw public attention to the manner sections of the media have continued to sensationalise news relating to some of the security challenges in parts of the country.
According to him, this is condemnable given that these elements thrive on undeserved publicity which they enjoy from media patronage.
He lamented that midst heightened insecurity in the South East and the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election, the media is advised to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news.
The DSS believes that this dimension of reportage holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence.
Afunanya added that the Service would, however, continue to collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure not only a hitch-free electoral exercise but that a conducive environment necessary for citizens to pursue their legitimate businesses in and outside the state is provided.
Don’t give terrorists undeserved publicity – DSS urges Media