The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, has commended journalists in Delta and beyond for their resilience in carrying out their statutory obligation of holding government accountable and mounting surveillance on the society.
The union, in a statement issued by the State Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and State Secretary, Comrade Patrick Ochei, noted that the day provided an opportunity to celebrate all professional journalists who had stood against oppression, intimidation and suppression just in the line of duty.
NUJ Delta said journalists in the country were practicing in an environment where press freedom was not guaranteed, but that even at that they had continued to trudge on, believing that just the way they conquered the military and achieved the enthronement of democracy, media practitioners would one day conquer the forces of darkness in the country to enjoy unrestricted press freedom.
It called on government to straighten the laws to ensure press freedom and at the same time ensure that journalists were well remunerated and safeguarded in the discharge of their duties.
The union maintained that it would not renege in the collective demand for a more friendly environment for Journalism practice in Nigeria and Africa in general, and would not rest on its oars until freedom of expression and total press freedom were guaranteed in the country.
NUJ also called on journalists to continue to hold on to the tenets of journalism practice and never give in to intimidation of any sort, insisting that journalists would continue to emerge victorious as purveyors of information.