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Yero laments decay in Journalism, Fault Press Freedom

Yero laments decay in Journalism, Fault Press Freedom

By Alex Uangbaoje

Kaduna

Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, yesterday called on the leadership of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), to as matter of urgency uphold the tenacity of the profession to ensure the labour of those who fought for the freedom of the press did not go in vain.

The governor lamented the decay in the profession in recent times, saying nearly every journalist and every media house had its own candidate or political party, coupled with abuses, insults and character assassination at the watch of National Broadcasting Commission and other regulatory agencies.

Yero, who was speaking through his Commissioner of Information and Home Affairs, Mr Ben Bako, during this year’s world press freedom day in Kaduna, worried whether there was criteria for anyone aspiring to become a genuine journalist.

He said, “The journalism profession in Nigeria today is fast becoming like Nigerian politics where no credential is required for participation or recruitment, that is, anything goes. Today, anybody can be a journalist trained or not trained as long as you can talk or put pen to paper. I am saying this with every sense of responsibility.

“What we saw in in the build-up to the 2015 general elections from the press, particularly the electronic media and sociial media was a demonstration of how fragile and dangerous freedom of the press is fast becoming in Nigeria.

“Then, press became so free and insensitive such that leaders were called by their first names and insulted.

“As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Press has the herculean task of ensuring that the labour of those who fought for the freedom of the press the world over, do not go in vain”, the governor stated.

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