By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Wednesday launched a new pass to ease passage of journalists covering the coronavirus pandemics in and across the state.
Oyo NUJ in a statement signed by its Chairman, Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Sola Oladapo on the new pass charged security agencies to accord journalists carrying the card all the deserved courtesies.
“We have received several complaints of harassment by security agencies from our members covering the COVID-19 pandemics in the state. This necessitated the need to produce a special pass signed by the NUJ Chairman to ensure smooth discharge of their duties”, it said.
The union stressed in the statement, “we are using this medium to call on security agencies in the state to accord journalists carrying this pass all the deserved courtesies,” .
According to Oyo NUJ, the effort was to put a stop to complaints of harassment by members in the course of discharging their duties.
The union reiterated its call on the management of media organisations in the state and beyond to adopt online editorial meetings forthwith as a measure to protect members and that journalists should stop all physical interviews and adhere to the precautionary guidelines issued by health professionals.
“Our members should endeavour to observe social distancing, regular hand washing with soap or frequent use of hand sanitizers,” .