ANAMBRA State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for urgent measures to strengthen the safety of journalists and improve their working conditions.
The body also called for measures to check the unwholesome impact of the social media on the society.
NUJ made the call at a press conference in Awka as part of activities to mark the World Press Freedom Day.
Speaking at the forum, Chairman of NUJ in Anambra State, Emmanuel Ifesinachi and its secretary, Emma Udeagha commended journalists, particularly those practicing in Anambra State for their professionalism and balanced reportage of events.
They also urged reporters to always prioritise investigation as key to greatest social value in journalism.
According to them, the profession has received added boosts through the press friendly environment created by Gov. Willie Obiano, who they also commended for his achievements, particularly the construction of Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport at Umueri, International Conference Centre and Sports Stadium all in Awka.
Throwing more light on the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day: information as a public good, Ifesinachi and Udeagha said it seeks to affirm the importance of cherishing information and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content in order to strengthen journalism and advance transparency, empowerment and inclusiveness.
It will be recalled that Anambra Airport commenced flight operations on Friday.