As the United Nations sets aside November 2 as International Day to end Impunity and other crimes against Journalists, the Borno State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has joined its counterparts the world over in reaffirming its commitment to the promotion of sensitization, public awareness and understanding of crimes against the press and media workers as negative to mankind.
The Borno NUJ council has also resolved to enhance its social responsibility posture by allowing constructive criticisms, ensuring adequate advocacy, mobilization, orientation and dissemination of information through enlightenment programmes on activities of government and happenings around the people and the society.
This was contained in a statement issued Friday by the Chairman, NUJ, Borno State Council, Malam Baba Sheikh Haruna.
He restated the commitment of all working journalists in the state in the promotion of common good of the people under ethical practice, justice and humility.
According to him, journalism practice in Borno has in recent times progressed steadily without harassment and molestation of media practitioners but sufficed to say that more access to information was needed for the press to keep the public abreast of happenings around them and more enlightenment on matters affecting their well-being.
He used the occasion to appeal to public office holders and authorities to be guided by the Freedom of Information Act, FOI, across all levels and to ensure the protection of practicing journalists in the discharge of their social responsibility to the society.