Media Roundtable: Government Urged To Enact Modern Laws On Safety Of Journalists:

Victoria Hanson
 
Media practitioners have urged Nigerian Government to enact modern and robust laws which will help safeguard journalists in the country.
This call was made during the media Round Table on “ Safeguarding Press Freedom And Safety Of Journalists Amidst Rising Conflict” organized by The Nigerian Journalists Safety Initiative in collaboration with International Press Centre and Open Society Foundations held in Lagos.
The group also advised Governments to make the environment conducive and safe for journalists so as to aid them in discharging their obligations of holding the government accountable to the people.
A Former Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association Ikeja Branch Barrister Monday Ubani said in recent years, there have been disquieting evidence of the scale and number of attacks against the safety of journalists and media workers as well as incidents affecting their ability to exercise freedom of expression.
Ubani who was represented by Barrister Evans urged the Nigerian Union of Journalists to ensure there is adequate and strict compliance to the ethics of the profession in discharging their duties as the fourth estate of the realm.
He also charged Nigerian University Commission to ensure that aspiring Journalists in  Nigerian Universities are provided  with the requisite materials and information so as to drive the process of their training for effective articulation of the concept of journalism as its affects the society.
The former ikeja NBA chairman however called on media organisations to play their roles by making the welfare of its workers priority to avoid being bribed by politicians the country.
He explained that freedom of the press is the instrument which protects Journalists as well as media professionals from all forms of impunity, adding that a high degree of press freedom is essential for fostering dialogue, peace and good governance.
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