Journalists are the fourth estate of the society.
This fourth estate defends the cause of truth,
freedom and justice and the men and
women who make it up, are fearless people
who challenge the polity and dimensions of
governance with their Pen. Needless to say,
some of these ones have lost their lives in the
cause of defending truth, freedom and justice
and striving to create necessary changes in
necessary places. On a day like this, we’re
hopeful that their spirits are still with us in
Press rooms all over the world and on the
field, even as we carry on the cause for which
they died for, building on their legacies and
seeking the permanent establishment of truth,
freedom and justice. We call on you to act in
the commemoration of this day and those
great ones we hold dear in fighting this
These are some of the steps you can take in
honour of this observance and journalists
across borders, both dead and alive.
A CONSTANT RESPECT: – A minute silence
should be observed for the slain comrades.
REFLECTION: It’s time to reflect on truth,
freedom, and justice. What are you willing to
give in the cause for true freedom? How do
you ensure justice is done, first in domestic
matters, before national or international?
Are you a journalist? Is your ink still flowing,
bleeding on the pages of history as freedom
and truth are scripted?
GIVE A GIFT: Pay tributes to at least, a
journalist around you in form of gifts
(Cameras, pens, recorders, journals etc.). This
is to show appreciation for their work so far
and encourage them to do more. If you
cannot afford any of these, a text message or
call will be great.
WRITE A NOTE: Scribble pleasant words,
(preferably, in a journal) which you’ll
remember in honour of this observance and
these countrymen. It could be your own
determination points to uphold truth,
freedom and justice in your society, or
quotes from journalists who inspire you.
PRAY: It is true that God will not do for man
what he can do for himself but man must
acknowledge the place of the divine if his
actions will yield not only positive but
inspiring and change-birthing revival. We
all strive for change in our environments; we
want things to be better in all areas.
Journalists strive for this too. Therefore, pray
for yourself to give your own quota to
developmental change amongst others and
for journalists all over the world to uphold
the oath of truth, freedom and justice and to
never sell their voices, whatever the cost.
May peace , justice, freedom in its true
sense , and truth prevail. now and always.
Have fun as you act!