IPC canvasses adequate protection for journalists
Executive Director of International Press Centre (IPC), Lanre Arogundade, has canvassed adequate protection for journalists reporting cases of the disease in the country.
He urged proprietors of private and public media organisations to provide journalists covering the Covid-19 health crisis in Nigeria necessary protective gadgets and medications where required.
In a statement he issued yesterday, he said, “Journalists are among professionals, who are always on duty during crisis situations, as we currently have and their safety should therefore be accorded high priority.
“From provision with protective wears and adequate supply of basics such as hand sanitisers, nothing is too much for journalists on the field at this moment. Journalists covering Covid-19 also deserve to be placed on a special insurance package.”
Besides, he advised journalists to avail themselves of all health tips on avoiding Covid-19 infection, especially as outlined by global health bodies and national health institutions.
“Journalists should apply necessary caution so as not to expose themselves to avoidable health risk in their quest to cover breaking stories on the pandemic”, he stressed.
Arogundade also charged journalists and other media professionals to exercise restraint and ensure that all breaking stories on Covid-19 were fact-checked to mitigate spreading false or misleading information.
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