Stakeholders Call for Measures to Tackle Threats to Media Profession
There is need to convoke a national press constitutional conference that will address the challenges facing Nigerian journalists and improve the standard of the profession.
A journalist and a political communication strategist, Doctor Festus Adedayo made the submission at a virtual workshop organized by the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists
Speaking on the theme, ‘Journalism under Siege in Nigeria ,the Urgency and Justification for Media Activism’, Doctor Adedayo who condemned the recent verbal attack on Daily Trust correspondent, Mr Charles Eyo by chief Femi Fani Kayode, urged journalists to develop self confidence.
He expressed displeasure over nonpayment of salary of journalists by some media organizations and noted that this had exposed journalists to economic hardship.
On his part, another guest speaker and an international journalist, Mr Suleiman Aledeh emphasized the need for training and retraining of media professionals, saying trained journalists would distinguish from the crowd.
Mr Aledeh, who maintained that economic conditions of professionals had affected the practice of journalism in Nigeria, called on media practitioners to have multiple source of income to sustain their self-esteem.
In address of welcome, the Acting Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu said the training would go a long way in equipping media professionals with necessary skills on what is expected of them in the face of provocation.
Some of the participants including Comrade Bukola Elufadejin and Mr Sesan Adeleke said the training had further equipped them with more knowledge about the dictate of their professional callings.