By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
As journalists marked the World Press Day, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council has congratulated media professionals across the world on the occasion of 2018 World Press Freedom Day and calls on journalists to always adopt peace.
The Union in a statement which was jointly issued by the State Chairman, James Sowole and the Secretary, Leke Adegbite reminds professionals that they can only apply fundamental principles of press freedom and defence of media independence in a peaceful atmosphere.
The statement which expresses concern over high rate of insecurity that has taken dangerous religious and ethnic dimensions, advises Journalists to always exercise restrain when reporting security matters.
NUJ, he said, notes that the media should take up the responsibility of using their reports to guide and put the government and its security agencies on their toes on the best way to tackle insecurity that can hamper freedom of press if not well addressed on time.
How ever, Showole commended Journalists in Ondo state for being in the forefront in upholding ethics of the profession and urges security agencies to always respect doctrine of free press especially in the coverage of security matters and ahead of the 2019 General Election.
The Union advises overzealous men of the Police and other security agencies to always see journalists as partners in the task of nation’s building and stop harassing or attacking media professionals in the course of discharging their constitutional responsibilities.
Ondo NUJ which also restated the urgent need to improve on the remuneration of media practitioners, introduction of effective life media insurance scheme and regular payment of salaries by media owners, added that such welfare packages would enable journalists to practice freely and contribute their quota to national development.
The World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by UN General Assembly in December, 1993 following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference on May 3 and the theme of this year’s celebration is “Keeping Power in Check: Media Justice and The Rule of Law”.