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Drop All Charges Against Journalists Doing Their Job, Group Tells Nigerian Government




A gaggle, the Affiliation of Cross River On-line Journalists, has urged the Federal Authorities and the Cross River State Authorities to drop all costs towards journalists standing trial for doing their job.


The union of on-line journalists practising in Cross River State made the decision in a press release issued by its Chairman, Darlington Edem, and Secretary, Archibong Jeremiah, respectively on World Press Freedom Day 2021.

The assertion reads partly, “Could 3 acts as a reminder to the governments of the necessity to respect their dedication to press freedom and can be a day of reflection amongst media professionals about problems with press freedom {and professional} ethics.

“Simply as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of help for media that are targets for the restraint, or abolition of press freedom. Additionally it is a day of remembrance for these journalists who misplaced their lives within the pursuit of a narrative.

“World Press Freedom Day has its origins in a UNESCO convention in Windhoek in 1991. The occasion ended on 3 Could with the adoption of the landmark Windhoek Declaration for the Growth of a Free, Impartial and Pluralistic Press. After 30 years, the historic connection made between the liberty to hunt, impart and obtain data and the general public good stays as related because it was on the time of its signing.

“The theme for this 12 months – Data as a Public Good, is apt and worthy of be aware. It resonates carefully to us in Cross River State. Journalists have remained focused specie and seen as menace to these in public workplace, the peak of it’s the present trial of our Board of Trustees Chairman, Citizen Agba Jalingo for exposing corrupt practices within the present administration.

“We commend journalists risking their lives to get the general public knowledgeable, we bow for individuals who misplaced their lives in the middle of responsibility. We urge the Cross River State Authorities and Federal Authorities to drop all costs towards journalists standing trial for doing their job. We additionally urge judges and magistrates to not permit them for use as clog within the wheel of justice and discharge and acquit journalists which can be victims of witch-hunt for his or her good jobs. Let’s all respect and uphold the nice gospel of the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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