The Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, is set to released a revised Code of Ethics for journalists in the country says Chris Isiguzo, National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.
The new code of ethics is expected to incorporate a bill of rights for journalists as well as cover the operations of the new media.
Isiguzo disclosed this at a ‘Digital Journalism and Fact-Checking Workshop’ for journalists in Rivers State said that major stakeholders like the NUJ, the Nigeria Guilde of Editors, the Newspaper Proprietors of Nigeria NPAN, collaborating to ensure the achievement of the plan with just minor grey areas to settle.
While emphasizing that the Nigerian media must put in place a framework for self-regulation, Mr. Isiguzo said the NUJ is championing the formulation of the Bill of Rights for media practitioners, together with the establishment of an Ombudsman to regulate the practice of journalism in the country.
He advised that in the wake of proliferation of fake news, journalists should adopt ‘Global Ethics Charter for Journalists’ by media professionals.
The NUJ President said that for Nigerian journalists to assist in making the 2023 polls peaceful, they must promote and adhere to high ethical standards in their reportage while also ensuring responsible reporting of political issues and events.