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Insecurity, impunity challenge journalists, says NUJ president

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Chris Isiguzo

The National president of the NUJ, Chris Isiguzo, has cited insecurity and impunity against journalists as the most excruciating challenges facing journalists in the country today.

He also posited that safety of journalists extends to their welfare on the basis that an employee that is not well remunerated even when duly employed, not being paid salary when due, is exposed to all sorts of hazards and urged that the welfare and safety of journalists must be the uppermost consideration for their employers.

Isiguzo who spoke today during the NUJ National Executive Council Meeting held in Umuahia, Abia State, announced that to ensure safety and better conditions of service of its members, NUJ has put in place several platforms.

Prominent among these platforms he said, is a National Monitoring Network on safety of journalists that will complement the states counterparts adding that more were being intended through synergies with all stakeholders in the media and agents of the state.

Declaring the meeting open on behalf governor Okezie Ikpeazu, his deputy, Ude Oko Chukwu enjoined journalists to emphasize things that strengthen unity of the country, play down on divisive issues and desist from glorifying criminal activities and hyping of violent activities that can engender reprisal attacks worsen the situation.

Welcoming the delegates to the meeting, Abia NUJ Chairman, John Emejor reiterated the appeal to the state governor to actualize the state NUJ Secretariat project to save the members from operating from a rented building as NUJ Abia State Council remains the only state in the country yet to operate from its own secretariat.


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