IMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR ADVISES SOCIAL MEDIA USERS AGAINST BLACKMAIL, DEFAMATION

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE

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IMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR ADVISES SOCIAL MEDIA USERS AGAINST BLACKMAIL, DEFAMATION

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has advised the Social Media administrators and general users against abuse, calling for effort to sift out blackmail materials from factual stories.

Prince Madumere made this call on the eve of the New Year while receiving in audience a group under the aegis of Rescue Mission Social Media Group who paid him courtesy visit at his country home, Lake Malinda in Achi-Mbieri, Mbaitoli local government of Imo State.

Prince Madumere frowned at those who do not exercise restraints in what they publish on social media, describing such as not only recklessness but unprofessional and abuse.

He however opined that those who do their trade in activism should play by the rules by ensuring objectivity in their criticism, admitting such as part of development process in any progressive society.

He advised against defaming anyone in the guise that no one will come after you. He reminded his guests of the existence of extant laws to check those who engage in slander, sedition and libel in the court of law.

While commending the invention of internet and social media, which has aided exchange of correspondences, information sharing, business exchanges and other socio-economic activities, he advised the group not to engage in abuse of the system but to always remain factual in their presentations.

He commended the group for the systematic way they have publicized the activities of Rescue Mission Government led by Owelle Rochas Okorocha as he expressed gratitude for their decision to pay him a visit and for their New Year gift.

Speaking earlier on the purpose of their visit, the Coordinator of the group, Chinagorom Christopher said they were at the country home of the Deputy Governor to appreciate his leadership style and supportive role to the success of the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

The group pledged to continue to do their best to ensure that the good news of the achievements and programmes of the government are given needed publicity on social media.

They also called for Government’s intervention to enable them procure some of the materials they need for effective and efficient coverage of government activities in every part of the State.

The high point of the session was the gift of a computer devise tablet to the Coordinator of the group, Chinagorom and promise of the Deputy Governor to look into some of their demands.

 

Uche Onwuchekwa

Special assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media

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