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2015: Dickson Campaign Organization sidelines Yenagoa based media


The Dickson Campaign Organization is said to have sidelined the Yenagoa based print media if information reaching Creeknewsweekly.com is anything to go by.
Creek investigation revealed that various subcommittees were inaugurated to handle the formal declaration ceremony of Governor Seriake Dickson for the December 5, 2015 poll.
This local tabloid gathered that the publicity subcommittee is handled by former legislator, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite whose responsibility is to give wider coverage of the governor’s declaration at the City’s  Sports Complex.
But the print media (Yenagoa based Newspapers) was never accredited to cover the programme. Nobody knows why the chairman of the publicity committee failed to accredit the Yenagoa based newspapers who work closely with the governor over the years.
Our source said that instead of the Publicity Committee to send invitation directly to newspaper publishers in Yenagoa, Hon. Obuebite preferred the use of a Port Harcourt based media owner, Mr. Amakiri to issue press statements for the coverage of the event.
In a press statement obtained in Yenagoa after the event, Chairman of the Committee on Press Freedom and Human Rights Comrade Eric Eweke said the shabby manner Journalists are treated  is unacceptable, saying that time without number in government events and programmes, journalists have not been accorded the necessary assistance to perform their duties.
Therefore he urged, Dickson’s led administration to improve on his media relationship in the state.
Also speaking, a newspaper publisher in the state who craved anonymity expressed his dismay of appointing non-media professionals to head publicity committees in media management.
He said if this anomaly of sideling of journalists is not checked, it would create negative publicity for government, individuals and other related bodies.
All efforts to contact Chairman of the Publicity Committee of DCO, Hon. Obuebite proved abortive as cell phone calls forwarded to him rang out.
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