The Taraba chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has appealed to government officials to stop harassing journalists carrying out their legitimate duties in the state.
Mr Jovita Shafe, the Chairman of the union made the appeal on Tuesday in Jalingo at the official Handing Over Ceremony to the newly sworn-in executives of the state’s Correspondents’ Chapel.
Shafe stressed the need for the government to engage media practitioners in a robust partnership to enhance public awareness on government programmes in the state.
He said that henceforth, ”the media would not tolerate unwholesome attitude of government officials towards the media practitioners in the state.”
The union leader urged the new chapel leadership to embrace all members and ensure harmony among them.
Shafe also advised the leaders to conduct themselves within the code of ethics governing the union in particular and the profession in general.
In his response, Alhaji Sadiq Adamu, the new Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel, warned against undue interference by politicians into affairs of journalists in the state.
Adamu noted that media practice was a noble profession and would not subject itself to whims and caprices of non-practitioners.
He however, called on members to work in harmony with government at all levels.
He appealed to the NUJ leadership not to relent in playing its fatherly roles for the chapel.
Adamu equally assured of carrying all members of the union along.
NAN recalled that seven members of the executive council recently emerged from the chapel’s election and were sworn in immediately.
Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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