By: Uche Ezeadigwe
The National President, Nigerian Union of Journalist, Chris Isiguzo has applauded the efforts of its members for their courage and professionalism in discharging their duties.
Isiguzo made this known through a media release to mark the WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY which is celebrated every May 3, with this year’s theme tagged “Journalism without Fear or Favour”, which is one of the fundamental principles of the Windhoek Declaration.
According to the President, “We Salute Nigerian Journalists for their courage and professionalism and call on them to sustain and improve on their professional calling”.
“It is worth reiterating that no democracy can grow and flourish without a vibrant independent media that will be a catalyst for good governance and rule of law. It is in this regard that today, we celebrate Nigerian Journalists for promoting independent journalism practice despite myriad of challenges, he added”.
However, the president lamented on the poor attention of safety and security of Journalists in the country which have not significantly improved but rather continued to impact negatively on good journalism.
He however bemoaned that politicians and political office holders and agents of the state are increasingly initiating actions against Journalists which include physical assault and detention all with the sole aim of inducing fear, thus restricting quality independent practice.
Isiguzo equally call on all journalists on this auspicious ocassion of the 2020 World Press Freedom Day, to work assiduously towards promoting ethical journalism without fear and without any favour.
Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.