An Islamic rights physique, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, (MMWG) has known as for stiff sanctions on poor remunerations, irregular and non-payment of salaries by some media organuzations to journalists within the nation.

The group, in a press release issued on Monday on the event of the World Press Freedom Day, WPFD, and made obtainable to our correspondent in Abuja, particularly known as for “pressing legal guidelines which might make it not possible for such violations of elementary human rights to proceed in Nigeria.”

The assertion, signed by the Nationwide Coordinator of the group, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to trigger the Nationwide Meeting to amend related elements of the legal guidelines setting-up the Nigerian Press Council, NPC and Nationwide Broadcasting Fee, NBC giving them the powers to shut-down any erring media organisations that deny its staff common cost of salaries.

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It additionally emphasised the necessity for a template on affordable wage to be paid to certified media practitioners based mostly on their {qualifications} and expertise.

“It’s well-known that folks have diverse targets for organising media outfits. Whereas it’s lawful to have political, financial and different lawful pursuits for organising media organizations, working such organizations with out human emotions reminiscent of neglect of cost of salaries is absurd, inhuman and condemnable,” Abdullahi said.

The nationwide coordinator, who’s a human useful resource administration knowledgeable, additional mentioned: “in working media outfit, as soon as it’s obvious that the proprietors couldn’t ‘make the ends meet’ reminiscent of non-payment of salaries, they should shut-down for some time and re-strategise earlier than re-opening or close-up utterly as an alternative of denying the employees their lawful entitlement.

“This irregularity in line with the Media Watch Group is widespread with non-public media organisations, a few of who pursue financial profit to the detriment of staff’ welfare. This should not be allowed to proceed.”

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Abdullahi counseled media practitioners within the nation for his or her sacrifice, dedication and dedication to responsibility, including that “like medical docs, they too deserve Particular Media Wage Scale (SMSS) as they work 24 hours of the day as this may encourage them to provide their finest to their employers and the nation at giant.”

He, nonetheless, suggested the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, BON; Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE; Newspaper Proprietors’ Affiliation of Nigeria, NPAN and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ to urgently evolve antidotes in opposition to fake-news, political blackmail, publication of seditious, provocative and libelous information in addition to airing offensive programmes; which often fall them into conflicts, particularly with the NBC.

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