The Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) will on Monday 10 Celebrate this year World Press Freedom Day.
The event which is expected to hold at the NUJ Press Centre, Offa Road, GRA, Ilorin, will begin at 11:00am prompt.
According to a release signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Union, Mall Umar Abdulwahab and Deacon Omotayo Ayanda respectively, the Keynote Speaker, Mr. Gbemiga Bamidele of Society for Journalism Enhancement Initiative, Abuja, will be speaking on the theme for this year Celebration: Information as a Public Good.
The statement said further that, a Freedom and Human Right Activist, Comrade Taiwo Otitolaye will speak on ‘Freedom of Speech and Quality Journalism’.
The statement added that the Olupo of Omupo, HRM Oba Olomu of Omupo, HRM Oba Muhammad Yakubu Buari, Ilufemiloye II, will be the Royal Father of the Day.
Also, the Union will bestow Meritorious Service to Humanity Award Posthumously on the Pioneer Treasurer of the Kwara State Council of NUJ, Late Chief Robert Ajayi Ayeni for the feat and mark he introduced into unionism and his immense contributions to struggle for a better NUJ which have no doubt help in sustaining the Kwara NUJ till date.
“This year’s event will provide opportunities for Journalists, Civil Society Organizations, Political Gladiators, Academicians and the broader public to pay tributes to victims of harassment, attack, detention and those who have lost their lives on duty. It will also provide avenues to discuss emerging challenges to Press Freedom and Journalists’ safety and possibly identifying solutions.
“Also, it will serve as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good, and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism.
“Our resource persons will underline the importance of information within this new ecosystem, WPFD 2021 three key topics: Steps to ensure the economic viability of news media; Mechanisms for ensuring transparency of Internet companies and Enhanced Media and Information Literacy (MIL) capacities that enable people to recognize and value, as well as defend and demand, journalism as a vital part of information as a public good”, the statement said.
It will be recalled that United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) set aside every 3rd of May to celebrate the Fundamental Principles of Press Freedom, Paying Tribute to Journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their Profession and remind Governments of their duties to respect and uphold the Right to Freedom of Expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.