By Deborah Obot
Journalists in Cross River State have been urged to maintain professional ethics.
The charge was given by the Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) in a statement signed and issued to our newsroom by the Chairman and Secretary, Comrade Hope Obeten and Comrade Archibong Jeremiah.
According to ACROJ journalism is noble profession that needs to be practiced with utmost care because public opinion is formed by published content.
The statement reads in part:
“The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day or just World Press Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind Governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in Windhoek in 1991.
“On that note, we urge journalists in Cross River State, Nigeria and world at large to be good ambassador of the fourth estate of the realm. We must make sure we remain committed to ensure that Government at all level remain accountable.
“As we mark this day let us remember colleagues that we have lost on the way, let us keep beaming our search light to issues that will promote democracy, we are to remember that we are the conscience of democracy.
“We use this medium to call for the immediate release of Peter Tex Etim who has been in kidnappers den for over a month now, Tue Police and other relevant agencies should swing into action.
“We are ACROJ will remain committed to ethical practice”. The statement ends.
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