By; Ifeanyi Okonkwo, Anambra
The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State chapter, Mr. Emmanuel Ifesinachi has urged members of the Union to be ethical in their practice of journalism.
Mr. Emmanuel Ifesinachi stated this, as the chapter joined journalists all over the world to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on Thursday 3rd of May 2018.
The celebration, which held at the Godwin Ezemo International Press Center had in attendance members of the Anambra Srare chapter of the NUJ, as well as invited guests.
The Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Ifesinachi in his speech at the celebration said, “I encourage you to keep the fire burning against all odds. I also want to remind you that you are the watch dogs of the society and as such you have to be ethical in your practice as journalists”.
The Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, Professor Stella Chinenye Okunna, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, saluted the efforts of journalists, saying majority of practicing journalists are working hard and deserve the freedom they are clamouring for.
She advised lecturers of higher institutions, who lecture Mass Communication students that while molding future journalists, they should ensure that more efficient hands are produced by the system.
She concluded by appealing to journalists not to abuse the freedom given to them whenever they are on duty.
In a lecture paper delivered by Dr. Frank Nnemeka, Head of Department Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, he described a journalist, as one who keeps the activities of government in check. He recalled that in the days when the pen is considered mightier than the sword and regretted that investigative journalism is little or nowhere to be found these days.
Dr. Nnemeka defined journalism, as the fourth estate of the realm and as one who should watch, expose and monitor the affairs of government by making them accountable to the people.
“Journalist should keep government' on their toes”, he stated.
He pleaded with government to provide adequate and conducive environment in order for journalists to practice their profession fully without fear or favour.