World Press Freedom Day: ACROJ Seeks End To Intimidation And Harassment

In Breaking News, International News, Reports

By Jonathan Ugbal

The Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) has called on governments at all levels and stakeholders to unite to put an end to the continuous harassment, intimidation and attempts to instill fear in the minds of journalists who strive to perform their roles as entities in the fourth estate of the realm.

This was contained in a statement signed by the acting chairman of the association, Mr. Hope Obeten issued Thursday in Calabar, the Cross River capital to commemorate the 2018 edition of the World Press Freedom Day.

The World Press Freedom day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. and, this year’s theme is: “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.”

And, ACROJ said that: “The trend in Cross River State which has seen two online journalists; Mr. Peter Inyali and Mr. Jonathan Ugbal harassed by those in government in recent times is despicable and is not welcomed in the 21st century.

“We are calling for the full implementation of the Windhoek declaration number 8 which seeks to criminalize censorship as it is a grave violation of human rights.

“This year’s theme is apt and we in the Association of Cross River Online Journalists will continue in our quest to keep power in check while sticking to the editorial principles of truth, accuracy, objectivity, balance and fairness in the discharge of our duties.

“We will continue seeking ways that will aid the fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press devoid of sensationalism.

“There is indeed hope as laws such as the Freedom of Information Act are being implemented, albeit slowly in our ailing democratic system; but, we must not lose sight of the fact that a truly free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy anywhere and for economic development.

“We hereby call on all stakeholders to unite and fight for a truly free, pluralistic and independent fourth estate of the realm for the benefit of all creation.”

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism

CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.


New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here

Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On Today

You may also read!

Ayade Appoints New SUBEB Chair, More Media Aides

By CrossRiverWatch Admin Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has appointed a new head for the State Universal


Cross River APC Orders Three Million Bunches Of Brooms

By News Of Nigeria (NAN) The Cross River State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has placed an


BREAKING: PMB Appoints Ayade’s Ex Aide As EFCC Secretary

By Jonathan Ugbal President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed George Abang Ekpungu as the Secretary of the Economic and Financial


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now