By Olawale Oyewale , Lokoja
ActionAid Nigeria has urged media proprietors to ensure improved welfare package for journalists in Nigeria.
ActionAid Country Director, Ene Obi made the appeal in a statement in Kaduna on Monday to mark World Press Freedom Day
“The freedom of the press is one of the essential cornerstones of a democratic society and for safe and favorable environment for journalists and activists to work.
“More importantly, media proprietors must also ensure improved welfare package for journalists in Nigeria,” Obi said.
Obi decried what she described as consistent and dangerous attempts by state and non-state actors to breach statutes guaranteeing the essential freedom of expression or censor the media and journalists while doing their legitimate duties.
She recalled that in 2018, the Nigerian Government made a commitment to protect and promote freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and to create a safe and favorable environment for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society.
“Unfortunately, these commitments have not translated to action by government as many cases of impunity against the media and journalists have led to the poor rating the country has received,”she said.
The official advised government and other stakeholders in Nigeria to improve the country’s record of repression of the media and journalists.