Speaking at the 70th annual general meeting of the organisation on Thursday in Abuja, the Chairman of BON, Mr. John Momoh, called on the media to reflect on how to serve the audience and the country.
He noted that responsibility should be the beacon for media managers, editors, reporters, presenters and the whole media value chain.
According to him, responsibility connotes objectivity, fairness, decorum, finance, partisan, patriotism, sacrifice, balance, truth and trust.
“I will recommend one or all of the following codes to journalists, the Nigerian Media Code on election coverage, the NBC Code on election reporting and the Global Journalistic Code,” he said.
In his remarks at the meeting, Dr. Tony Iredia, said that journalists should be committed to the truth and uphold the ethics of the profession.
Dr. Iredia, who was a former director general of the Nigeria Television Authority, wondered if the ethical values of the profession are still being observed by the practitioners.
“Ethical values are things we all know; decency, fairness, objectivity, and so on, but the most important of them is the truth,” the report by Nigeria's Channels Television on Friday quoted Iredia as saying.
He noted that “truth is an absolute defence to defamation”.
He advised journalists, who would be covering the elections, to bear in mind that “election coverage is a special assignment”.