The Press Council of the University, an arm of the Students’Union Government has launched the maiden edition of it magazine, THE OWL, the event which held at the University auditorium, attracted guest from within and outside the campus.
Delivering his speech, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Segun Anthony Ogunsaju, advised members of the Press Council to report events objectively, publish the truth, stand for the truth and should also avoid publishing stories that could cause fiction between the management and students in general.
While comparing the public press with Campus Journalism, Prof. Ogunsaju said any publication of falsehood in public journalism is defamatory and could cause problem for the organization. He further noted that any untrue information on campus could lead to students’ unrest, but he called on the Press Council to practice responsible journalism.
In this lecture, the guest speaker at the launch, Mr. N.A Bakenne in his lecture titled: Campus Journalism in Tertiary Institutions, said the practice of Campus Journalism was the best way its practitioners could contribute to their immediate environment.
Citing Section 36(i) of the 1979 Constitution and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right of 1948, Mr. N.A Bakenne noted that these sections of the law provides rules for freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinions and disseminate such information but Campus Journalism is however restricted due to rules and regulation that guide studentship of tertiary institutions of learning. Other guests present at the launch include Rev. Jide Awosedo, Dean Student Affairs, Dr. Abayomi Arigbabu, University PRO, Barr. Gbenga Omilola, representative of the Dean of COAEVOT, Rev. Oladipupo and members of the Students’ Union Government.