NUJ calls for threat-free environment for Journalists to operate
By Ahmed AHMED
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi State Council has called on governments at all levels to provide a conducive and more secure environment for its members to operate.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Union Chairman and secretary, Umar Sa’du and Isah Garba Gadau to mark the World Press Freedom Day and made available to Journalists on Wednesday in Bauchi.
The statement explained that ingredients for the development of any society could not achieve the set target in the absence of a secured environment.
The union called on governments, individuals especially politicians, and security agencies to allow journalists to carry out their responsibilities without any threat, or intimidation.
According to the statement, the theme of this year’s Day which is “Journalism under Digital Siege”, required media owners to pay attention to the welfare of journalists.
“As the best way to encourage them to perform optimally with a view to checking the excesses of the Social Media Platforms,” it said.
The council warned journalists to always practice the profession according to its ethics, and should always be security conscious especially now that the 2023 general elections were around the corner.
It also expressed deep concern about the level of assaults, kidnappings, intimidations, and other forms of threats to the lives of its members nationwide.
The union, therefore, used the occasion to pray for the repose of the souls of its departed members, and pray for the safety of the living practitioners.