The Nigeria Union of Journalists in collaboration with newspaper owners says they are planning to sponsor a bill that will penalise media establishments that owe journalists.
National President of NUJ, Christopher Isiguzo stated this in Makurdi, Benue state at an interactive session with members of the union in the state, to appreciate them for electing him and also know their challenges.
Mr Isiguzo said that when the bill is passed into law, media houses would no longer owe media workers salaries and there is need for stakeholders to respect journalists and desist from abusing them.
He also said the practice of journalism is gradually being viewed as a crime in Nigeria, as members are no longer honoured in the job and the union is planning to bring together all the online media organisations for effective regulation.
He added that journalists need to be accorded respect and where they violate the ethics, should be reported to the union or court of law, rather than resort to unlawful ways.
He further said they have already informed President Muhammadu Buhari, Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, Mr Kayode Fayemi and other governors, on the incessant harassment of members.
In her remark, Victoria Ashar, Chairman of Benue Council of NUJ, commended the president for the visit and said that the union under her watch would continue to support him to actualise his laudable programmes.