Nigerian editors give commitment to defend democracy, press freedom

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) have assured  creating the enabling and sustainable environment that upholds press freedom and protection of journalists’ rights, in order to ensure the sustainability of democracy and good governance.

Penpushing reports that the Guild gave the assurance in a communique issued at the end of its 2023 biennial conference held in Oweeri, Imo State Capital, which was jointly signed by Eze Anaba(President) and Iyobosa Uwugiaren(General Secretary)

The Guild emphasized that its being conscious of its constitutional and social responsibility, stressing that its commitment to professionalism will help shape the narratives, influence public opinion, and help forge a society that thrives on transparency, inclusivity, justice and a system of government that is accountable to the citizens.

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Penpushing further reports that the communique added that the editors added that in a rapidly evolving media landscape, where information flows at an exceptional pace, the role of journalism in shaping good governance and democracy has never been more crucial than now.

‘We, as journalists, bear the enormous responsibility of providing accurate, reliable, and unbiased news to the public, thereby fostering transparency, accountability, and public participation in the affairs of our nation’.

‘The 2023 general elections marked a decisive turning point for our nation’s democracy. And as we embark on this new phase, it has become very necessary that editors – as gatekeepers, recommit themselves to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and integrity. We must be the precursors of truth, holding those in power accountable; while providing a platform for diverse voices and perspectives’, the communique added.

Penpushing also reports that the editors it is recalled at the convention with the theme, “Post 2023 Election: Promoting Professionalism for Enhancement of Democracy and Good Governance’ they examined the role of journalists in the 2023 general elections.

The convention was attended by 400 editors which cut across the print, broadcast and online media, editors, and recommitted themselves to the watchdog role  in ensuring that public office holders are closely monitored in order to live up to the expectation of the people.

‘To achieve this, we must prioritise continuous professional development and capacity building. As journalists, we should strive to stay updated on emerging trends, technological advancements, and ethical standards within our industry. This national convention serves as a demonstration to our shared commitment to excellence and the pursuit of knowledge’.

‘We intend to collaborate and foster partnerships not only within our ranks but also with other stakeholders in the democratic space; engaging with civil society organisations, government agencies, and international bodies in order to build bridges and intensify our mutual impact’.

‘By doing so, we will be in strategic position to continue to create an enabling environment that upholds press freedom, protection of journalists’ rights, and ensures the sustainability of democracy and our profession’’

Penpushing reports that the Guild of Editors commended Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma who declared the 2023 national biennial convention open, for creating the conducive environment for its success.

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