Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

WPFD: NUJ Benue state council calls for protection of journalists

The chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Benue State Council, Mrs Victoria Asher, has called on government and security agencies to ensure adequate protection for journalist as partners in the Nigerian project.

The chairman made the call in a press statement signed on her behalf by the council secretary, Moses Akarhan on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day.

She said as the council joined fellow colleagues across the globe to commemorate this year's World Press Freedom Day themed: "Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation,” it was necessary to call attention to freedom and protection of media practitioners.

She commended the media for its role in sustaining democratic rule in the country, especially the professional conduct of media practitioners in the just concluded 2019 general elections.

Mrs Asher further called on media owners to improve on the remuneration of journalists to enhance their productivity just as she urged security agencies to protect the media from attacks as they play their watchdog role in the society.

The NUJ chairman also appealed to state government to improve the condition of state owned media to ensure that they have conducive environment for optimal performance.

She further called on members of the public, particularly politicians, leaders and the government, to see the media as partners in progress and support media freedom to advance the agenda of deepening democracy and sustainable development in the society.

She urged journalists to adhere to the ethics of the profession and always verify their information before reporting to avoid fake news, which has become a cankerworm to the society and a threat to the profession.

The council also paid tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives in the course of carrying out their duties and prayed God to grant them eternal rest.

 

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