ASABA/Nigeria: The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, Monday hailed journalists in Delta and beyond for their resilience in carrying out their statutory obligation of holding government accountable and mounting surveillance on the society.
NUJ, Delta State Council, in a press release signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, and Secretary, Comrade Patrick Ochei, to mark this year “World Press Freedom Day” noted that journalists in the state have carried out the task of holding government accountable to the people creditably well.
The statement reads, “This third day of May is another day to celebrate all professional journalists who had stood against oppression, intimidation, and suppression just to do their work.
“We practice in an environment where the freedom of the press is not guaranteed. However, we have continued to trudge on, believing like we conquered the military and gained the enthronement of democracy, we will eventually conquer the forces of dark oppression in our country to enjoy unrestricted press freedom.
“We, therefore, call on Government to straighten the laws to ensure press freedom and at the same time ensure that journalists are well remunerated and safeguarded in doing their job.
“We will not relent in our collective demand for a friendlier environment for Journalism practice in Nigeria and Africa in general. We will not rest until the freedom of expression and total press freedom is guaranteed in our dear country.
“We equally call on journalists to continue to hold on to the tenets of journalism practice and never give in to intimidation of any sort. With God on our side, we will continue to emerge victorious as purveyors of information.