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NUJ to revive Journalism enhancement bill

According to UNESCO observatory reports of killed journalists between 2006-2020 over 1200 journalists were killed for bringing information to the public, European Union says 44 journalists have so far been killed this year globally

This worrisome development informed this stakeholders meeting of Media Professionals and Civil society organizations organized by the international press center Lagos in collaboration with British council and European Union to chart a way forward

Speaking at the event, National President Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Chris Isiguzo called on political actors and security operatives to see journalists as partners in progress not competitors for the interest of democracy.

He said plans are underway to revive the Journalism enhancement bill that is presently before the National Assembly towards improving better welfare package for journalists in the country.

The key note speaker and Professor of mass communication department, University of Jos, Victor Ayedun stressed the need to decisively control the culture of violence against journalists and adopt technological strategies towards curbing the menace.

Earlier in a welcome address, Executive Director International Press Center Lagos, Mr Lanre Arogundade called for urgent collaborative interventions among State actors and non state actors towards total press freedom to enable journalists practice without threats, adding that 150 press freedom violations and attacks were recorded in the last 4years.

In her remarks, European Union Delegation representative Winfried Egbuson while reiterating  the commitment of EU in standing for press freedom, noted that media attacks does not portray good image  of any country..

Participants at the event expressed optimism that the communiqué at the end the meeting would be given adequate attention

Reporting by Nkiru Okeke, editing by Daniel Adejo.