As journalists across the globe mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3, the National Human Rights Commission pledges to help those who are being owed salary arrears in Nigeria by their employers seek redress
THE National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, is ready to assist journalists in various media organisations who are being owed arrears of salary seek redress.
Professor Bem Angwe, NHRC’s executive secretary, stated this on Tuesday, May 3, in Abuja, as part of activities marking this year’s World Press Freedom Day, adding that the commission was committed to protecting the rights of every journalist as a way to deepen democratic values in the country.
According to Fatimah Mohammed, NHRC chief press officer, Angwe argued that that failure to protect journalists all over the world would no doubt lead to social disorder and stunted democratic process.
He urged journalists to make adequate use of the Freedom of Information Act to boost their access to information in both public and private sectors, stressing on the need to give adequate protection to journalists.
Angwe recalled that the commission has in recent times received several complaints from journalists working in prominent media organisations on non-payment of salaries and entitlements which he described as constituting a gross violation of their rights to work, according to a statement signed by Mohammed.
— May 3, 2016 @ 19:15 GMT