A academy Don, Dr Isa Saidu at the Ahmadu Bello Academy, Zaria, has enjoined journalists to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession and take precautionary measures to strike a balance betwixt the profession and survival.
He made the appeal during a workshop on “Objective media towards enhanced National Security” organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zaria Unit in collaboration with the Federal College of Education (FCE) Zaria.
Saidu observed that Nigeria has witnessed different conflicts since its independence, stressing that with the advent of the democratic dispensation, there were political violence, insurgency, terrorism and banditry, amongst others.
Speaking on a paper titled, “Insecurity and journalism in Nigeria: addressing the dilemma of roving journalists”, Saidu explained that journalists are much interested in crises as they strive to reply to the calling of their profession.
The Academy don famous that the noble profession of journalism is sometimes a risky adventure, pointing out that the dangers journalists face are not limited to clash zones.
He stressed, “Roofing politics, religion and other social activities have their associated risks.”
He farther explained that crisis makes it mandatory for journalists to remain professional person in the discharge of their duties, saying that adhering to the ethics of journalism has the capacity to cut the risks that journalists may face.
The chairman of the occasion, Abdurrahman Nuhu Bayero, Dan Iyan Zazzau, advocated for a superior pay bundle for journalists across the country.
He also called for an cease of “Your ID Card is Your repast ticket” policy by some private media houses in the country.
Contributing, Dr. Suleiman Balarabe, Acting Provost, Federal College of Education Zaria re-echoed the demand for journalists to cross-check, and recheck the information they have before going to press.
He said journalists must also learn to be accurate, balanced and fair in their reportage to justify the trust reposed on them by their teaming audience.
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