As the job commemorates World Press Freedom Day, the government has been encouraged to create a conducive atmosphere for media practitioners to practice their craft.
The chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Osun Province, Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu, and the secretary, Bukola Elufadeju, said in a statement that media workers earned a better life through a special salary because of their positions in nation building.
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They decried the attitude of some media owners against the health of their employees, especially the nonpayment of compensation and other benefits to media personnel, while others pay exorbitant wages to their employees.
It posited that media professionals are playing important roles in the entrenchment of democracy and its sustainability aside from being the key actors in the struggle for democratic system in the country, hence the need for their special treatment in the country.
It hinted that many journalists had been killed, while others risked their lives daily in the task of sustaining the unity of the nation and projecting the country for national growth and development.
The statement noted that the theme of this year’s celebration “information as a public good” attested to the significance of information to human existence and survival and its place in promotion of public good, as well as good governance.
It explained that the theme also underlined the indisputable importance of verified and reliable information as it calls attention to the essential role of free and professional journalists in producing and disseminating information by tackling misinformation and other harmful content.
The statement called on public officers to always give media professionals access to information, saying despite the freedom of information act, some public officers were still treating some information as classified and confidential.