ActionAid Calls For Better Working Environment For Nigeria Journalists 

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Yemisi Izuora

ActionAid Nigeria has urged media proprietors to make provision for an improved welfare package for journalists in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement issued by the ActionAid Country Director, Ene Obi to mark World Press Freedom Day, on Monday, May 3, in Kaduna.

“The freedom of the press is one of the essential cornerstones of a democratic society and for a safe and favorable environment for journalists and activists to work.

“More importantly, media proprietors must also ensure improved welfare package for journalists in Nigeria,” Obi said.

She decried what he described as consistent and dangerous attempts by state and non-state actors to breach statutes guaranteeing the essential freedom of expression or censor the media and journalists while doing their legitimate duties.

ActionAid, recalled that in 2018, the Nigerian Government made a commitment to protect and promote freedom of expression; association; and peaceful assembly; and to create a safe and favorable environment for human rights defenders; journalists; and civil society.

“Unfortunately, these commitments have not translated to action by government as many cases of impunity; against the media and journalists have led to the poor rating the country has received,” she said.

The official advised the government and other stakeholders in Nigeria; to improve the country’s record of repression of the media and journalists.

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