Former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke, has declared that journalism, being the fourth estate of the realm, will continue to determine the future of the society.
Nwuke disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt while speaking at the ongoing 2021 Correspondents’ Week, organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State.
He said: “You cannot rule out the fact that the watchdog, the watchman, the agenda-setter is the mass media. It doesn’t matter what happens, even in digitalised world, journalism will continue to dictate the future, the direction of society.
“We many not enjoy as journalists, the rights than the individual, but no society can toy with the idea of press freedom. It is that which distinguishes the mass media and the rest of us.”
Nwuke, who is also former Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, commended the Correspondents’Chapel for organising the press week, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also speaking at the event, former General Editor of Newswatch Magazine, Dr. Jossy Nkwocha, said gone were the days when journalists aspired to end up as veterans.
Nkwocha, who challenged journalists to leverage on their positions to become politicians, lecturers, among others, in order to better their lots, said there was nothing wrong with journalists transforming from reporters to become authors and earn good money.
The former Newswatch Editor stated that journalists were exposed to very important information and persons of influence which they can leverage upon to gain social, economic and political relevance.
He said: “Journalists can do research for national and international organizations for a handsome fee. Journalists can write books on controversial political gladiators or issues such as the environmental devastation of the Niger Delta region.”