Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has urged state governments in the South-East geopolitical Zone to revitalise ailing five print media outfits in the zone.
The media organisations are National Ambassador (Abia), National Light (Anambra), The Patriot (Ebonyi), Daily Star (Enugu) and Statesman (Imo).
NUJ National Vice President for the zone, Chris Isiguzo, gave the charge yesterday at the commemoration of the 2015 World Press Freedom Day.
Isiguzo congratulated journalists in the zone for their dedication in their duties with utmost sense of professionalism.
He reminded his colleagues that the objective of the World Press Freedom Day was to remind governmental and non-governmental organisations and civil societies of the vital roles journalists play in the society, hence the need for the freedom of press in strengthening democracies and promoting development around the world.
“The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day which is ‘Let Journalism Thrive Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality and Media Safety in the Digital Age’ is therefore apt in view of the array of challenges facing the media world over.
“As we celebrate, we must take time to reflect on salient issues that would further help in advancing the practice of the journalism profession bearing in mind that free press is a critical tool for the development and sustenance of democracy.
“The role of the media cannot be over-emphasised. Apart from the primary role of educating, informing, enlightening and entertaining, the media remains an agent of positive change. The press can assist in strengthening and deepening our democracy through promoting transparency, accountability, good governance, human rights and rule of law,” Isiguzo said.
He pointed out that workers in the south east print media establishments should be able to enjoy as much support as their partners in the broadcast stations in the state, while appealing to journalists in the zone to key into the union’s Insurance Scheme as a way of ensuring their security and a cover should any harm befall them.

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