By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HAR-COURT— RIVERS State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Emma Okah, yesterday, said the Nigerian journalist can hardly report the nation’s volatile politics fairly because he is also affected by the challenges in the polity.
Okah, in a goodwill message at the ongoing Press Week of the Rivers State Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, said the precarious situation the Nigerian journalist faces as a critical stakeholder in enthroning credible election is further aggravated by poor remuneration.
Reacting to a keynote address where Ledum Mitee, Coordinator of Emergent Initiatives for Credible Elections, blamed politicians, security operatives, Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, and journalists, for violent and non-credible elections, Okah demanded good wages for journalists.
His words:”Violence and lack of transparency in credible elections is a shared blame. Nothing new is being said. Nigerians should be God-fearing and have respect for the law. If Nigeria does not take cogent steps to enthrone electoral integrity, one day, Nigerians will go berserk.”
Mitee “As media practitioners, you have a major role to play in highlighting speeches, activities, and actions of our politicians and other institutions like the security agencies that are capable of threatening the security of the 2019 elections.
“. In doing this, we must explore the myth of journalism that suggests that journalists in the field are independent and neutral recorders of history.’’
The Rivers Correspondents Chapel Press Week with the theme, “Promoting Security in 2019 Elections: The Role of the Media” continues today with a seminar.