Online journalists are also frontline workers and as such must be included in whatever palliative package being rolled out by the Federal Government as well as other bodies. Mr. Wole Arisekola, President of the Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (AMPON) disclosed this while enlightening some journalists covering the daily brief at the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government in Abuja.
In a reaction to the ongoing stimulus package announced by Nigerian government, Arisekola expressed various relief disbursements and other related palliative materials have been done without any consideration for online and commmunity media practitioners.
Arisekola advocated that the media are also playing a critical and crucial role in the war against the coronavirus pandemic. Pointing out that without the media practitioners no one will even know what is going on, including what those in the medical field are doing. Online journalists, according to Arisekola, should therefore be included in whatever palliative package being planned and again be adequately protected.
“They too are in the frontline, always there to write COVID-19 stories, cover COVID-19 outbreaks, supply all the necessary statistics, get the survivors to speak to them and so on. Their roles therefore are also key and must be factored into whatever palliative package the Federal Government or any other body is planning.’