Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has said it will soon commence picketing of all media houses in the country that are involved in the ugly practice of not paying salaries to their editorial staff.
Chairman of Imo State Council of NUJ, Sir Innocent Igwe, who dropped the hint yesterday in Owerri during a meeting of the state council, called on all newspaper proprietors in the state and elsewhere in the country that are not paying editorial staff to immediately review the decision or be ready to close down.
He condemned in unequivocal terms the practice whereby some media organisations run a deliberate policy of treating editorial staff as second class humans by refusing to pay them for their job.
According to him, no organisation will be an exception when the exercise begins as those that fail to comply shall be meted with staff sanctions.
Igwe, who announced that the union has reconstituted a high-powered Ethics and Disciplinary Committee to handle all erring members in the state advised the public to draw attention of the union to of any professional or ethical misconduct by any member or organisation.
The chairman advised all practising journalists in the state to shun junk journalism but embrace and adhere to the ethics of the profession in the discharge of their duties and frowned at the observed reckless conduct of some journalists in the state.
He also cautioned journalists in Imo to be cautious and vigilant at all times to avoid falling into the snare of wicked ones in society adding that the union is ever ready to defend members when a report is factual, based on truth and objectivity.
While restating the union’s position against press censorship, Sir Igwe categorically asserted that any member of the union found flouting the rules of the profession would be made to face necessary sanctions as provided by the NUJ Constitution.

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