Nigerian journalists, drawn from both print and the broadcast media, who met at a training in various areas of professionalism in Ghana, voiced out against what most of them tagged as "slave labour" in the industry.
The journalists observed that the Nigerian media industry is suffering because some media organizations have placed their reporters in the care of their newsmakers especially politicians and other big shots.
The journalists, who all spoke before an array of public relations officers and other media aides to some state governors, described the condition in which most Nigerian journalists operate as "slave labour".
Journalists working under this condition, they said, would not miss a story about medical doctors agitating for salary increment, lecturers seeking new salary scales, Nigerian workers insisting on monetization policies, and various other issues of labour.
They also said all media organizations, including the ones which do not pay their reporters and editors, have pullouts and air time for labour-related issues.
Twenty five journalists and media aides benefitted from the multi-faceted journalism and public relations training programme organized by CPU Newsroom Training (a training arm of Deep South Media) of United Kingdom, and MTL Global Investments Limited of Abuja, Nigeria.