By Our Reporter
The Association of Cross River Online Journalists, ACROJ, an umbrella body of all practicing online journalists in the state, has charged media practitioners to continue exposing corrupt activities within government circle and the private sector.
The association made the statement in a press release signed by it’s Chairman, Edem Darlington and Secretary, Umo Gloria to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
The 2022 World Press Freedom Day, which has as it’s theme, Journalism Under Digital Siege, is an annual celebration of Press Freedom, observed on 3 May every year.
The association while commending the courageous effort of journalists across the globe, charged them to continue to maintain the highest level of professionalism.
Commending the Cross River State government for dropping all charges against one of it’s members, Agba Jalingo, further charged the federal government to protect the right of journalists and ensure their security while carrying out their constitutional duties.
See the Press Release below
As journalists across the globe celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2022 with the Theme: Journalism under digital siege, the Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) commends all journalists who have stake so much to keep the world informed and expose various ills in the society.
ACROJ also lauds the Federal Government of Nigeria and Cross River State Government for dropping all charges against journalists who have stood trial for various charges in the state.
The World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is an annual celebration of Press Freedom, observed on 3 May every year.
The celebration organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of Press Freedom and professional ethics.
While this year’s World Press Freedom Day theme “Journalism under digital siege,” spotlights the multiple ways in which journalism is endangered by surveillance and digitally-mediated attacks on journalists, and its consequences on public trust in digital communications, ACROJ seizes the opportunity the day affords to recall the dismissal of all charges against her Board of Trustees Chairman, Citizen Agba Jalingo by the Cross River State Government, on the 21st Day of March, 2022. We commend the state government for acknowledging that they made a grave error in arresting Mr. Jalingo and other members of ACROJ.
The association also lauds journalists who risk their lives daily in the course of executing their duty, urging them to keep up the courage and maintain professional ethics to ensure that the public is furnished with credible information on a consistent basis.
As the union continues to tow the path of truth, justice and fairness, we also call for continued synergy with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the fulfilment of a decent society.
Edem Darlington Umo Akwang
Chairman Secretary General