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NUJ seeks amendment to FoI Act

By George Onah

Port Harcourt-Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, yesterday, said it plans to approach the National Assembly to seek an amendment to the Freedom of Information, FoI, Act, so as to remove sections that were in conflict with democracy and media practice in the country.

NUJ President, Mallam Mohammed Garba, said this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when he met with members of the Federated Correspondents’ Chapel, who are planning to enlighten journalists nationwide on the benefits and processes of applying the FoI Act.

On professionalism, he said the national leadership of the union had directed the 36 state councils and Abuja to set up committees that would flush out quacks in journalism profession.

He said: “There is need to enhance professionalism in journalism practice in Nigeria. We had given directives to the various state councils of the union to set up committees that would flush out fake journalists in our midst.

“We arrested some of these fake journalists in Abuja. They are presently in court. These fake journalists are giving the union and journalism profession bad image.”

He frowned at the attitude of some journalists who through their conduct at assignments create bad image for the union across the states.

He advised journalists to be mindful of their reports, especially considering the present security situation in the country.



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