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An Islamic rights physique, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, (MMWG) has referred to as for stiff sanctions on poor remunerations, irregular and non-payment of salaries by some media organuzations to journalists within the nation.

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The group, in a press release issued on Monday on the event of the World Press Freedom Day, WPFD, and made obtainable to our correspondent in Abuja, particularly referred to as for “pressing legal guidelines which might make it inconceivable for such violations of elementary human rights to proceed in Nigeria.”

The assertion, signed by the Nationwide Coordinator of the group, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari to trigger the Nationwide Meeting to amend related components of the legal guidelines setting-up the Nigerian Press Council, NPC and Nationwide Broadcasting Fee, NBC giving them the powers to shut-down any erring media organisations that deny its employees common fee of salaries.

It additionally emphasised the necessity for a template on affordable wage to be paid to certified media practitioners primarily based on their {qualifications} and expertise.

“It’s well-known that folks have diversified goals for establishing media outfits. Whereas it’s lawful to have political, financial and different lawful pursuits for establishing media organizations, operating such organizations with out human emotions equivalent to neglect of fee of salaries is absurd, inhuman and condemnable,” Abdullahi said.

The nationwide coordinator, who’s a human useful resource administration professional, additional mentioned: “in working media outfit, as soon as it’s obvious that the proprietors couldn’t ‘make the ends meet’ equivalent to non-payment of salaries, they should shut-down for some time and re-strategise earlier than re-opening or close-up fully as a substitute of denying the employees their lawful entitlement.

“This irregularity in keeping with the Media Watch Group is widespread with non-public media organisations, a few of who pursue financial profit to the detriment of employees’ welfare. This should not be allowed to proceed.”

Abdullahi counseled media practitioners within the nation for his or her sacrifice, dedication and dedication to obligation, including that “like medical medical doctors, they too deserve Particular Media Wage Scale (SMSS) as they work 24 hours of the day as this is able to inspire them to present their greatest to their employers and the nation at giant.”

He, nevertheless, suggested the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, BON; Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE; Newspaper Proprietors’ Affiliation of Nigeria, NPAN and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ to urgently evolve antidotes towards fake-news, political blackmail, publication of seditious, provocative and libelous information in addition to airing offensive programmes; which often fall them into conflicts, particularly with the NBC.

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