By Patrick Obia
Veteran Journalist and Chairman, Correspondence Chapel in Cross River State, Mr. Judex Okoro, has said that nobody cares about the welfare of Journalists in light of the ills they go through in the course of their duties.
In line with the just concluded Press Freedom Day celebration, 2019, the Correspondence Chapel Chair, while speaking on interactive Sunday radio program “The Dialogue With Agba Jalingo” on Hit 95.9 Calabar, added “It is like Journalists in Cross River State are on their own.
“What we see today is that Journalists seems to be on their own, nobody cares. They are only interested that you publish what is their own; publicize the State, the society very well but they don’t care how you go about the business. It is as if Journalists in Cross River State are on their own but the public want to read what is happening in the society; you can’t be ill and then report at the same time. It is not true that we don’t open up. We do, nobody cares.
“If you are not properly taken care of, if you are not properly catered for , if your take home pay can’t take you home, there are no facilities to work with. There are no training and retraining of Journalists even some of us in the private organization, you are hardly trained; nobody send you on refresher course. Let anyone come out and tell us if he has gone on refresher training in the last ten year.
“Most of the the Journalists you see try to embrace it are those who weathered the storm, trained themselves and those ones, you might not find them in a short while because they will leave and go to another place where they will be taken care of. To do an investigative story is cost expensive; you can’t run an investigative story with an empty stomach, without good facilities, this is a long offer. It is not true that because of lack of trust, it is because of the scenario we found ourselves, the society itself and of course, the Internet.” The Sun Newspaper Cross River State Correspondent said.
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