Chairman House Committee on Local Content and Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Ekon has been slated to chair this year’s World Press Day lecture to be held tomorrow 4th May at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital.
The lecture is expected to take place at Nigeria Union of Journalists Press Centre, Information Drive – Uyo, in line with this year’s theme of “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”.
Akwa Ibom State Chairman of NUJ, Elder Patrick Albert while interacting with newsmen stated that the lecture will be delivered by Dr. Nsikak Idiong, a Senior Lecturer and Political Communication expert, Department of Communication Arts, University of Uyo.
Mr. Charles Udoh, Commissioner for Information and Strategy; Barr. Ime Okon, Chairman House Committee on Information and Member Representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency; Barr. Ini Ememobong, PDP State Publicity Secretary; Commissioner of Police; Director of DSS, are some of the discussants expected.
Flanked by Akwa Ibom State NUJ Secretary, Comrade Amos Etuk and Secretary of the World Press Freedom Day Planning Committee, Comrade Edidiong Udobia, the NUJ boss noted that the invitation extended to the Police Commissioner and Director of DSS is propelled by the fact that they are key players in the physical aspect of power.
“These are agencies of government that are relevant to the management of the physical aspect of power. They are the enforcers of power so they need to be taken along on those critical areas that will promote democracy and serve as enabler to effective media practice.”
World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations in 1993 after a 1991 UN conference held in Windhoek, Namibia, where African newspaper journalists presented a paper on press freedom principles. The paper is famously called the Windhoek Declaration tailored to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, evaluate press freedom around the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in exercise of the profession, inform the citizens of violations of press freedom, encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom worldwide and to serve as a reminder of press ethics.