Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) has appealed to the federal government to include media professionals in its palliative scheme.
In a statement signed by the General Secretary of the union, Comrade Akpansoh Akpansoh, media practitioners have not enjoyed best treatment even when their lives are in great danger in the course of service delivery in the fight against dreaded Coronavirus.
According to the statement, the union would appreciate it if such Safety Measures and Palliative Schemes are extended to media practitioners.
It further said pandemics such as COVID-19 places uncommon burden on those in the forefront charged with providing essential services, among those professionals includes; the media industry, health workers, security operatives, other experts and top-notch technocrats.
The union also recalled that Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi had threatened to cane correspondents of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, in the state for publishing a story against the state which must not be allowed to happen.
The statement also justified that other ancillary media practitioners are vulnerable considering their movement from place to place and high and low personages they meet in the course of news gathering and at times in close contact with risk areas such as isolation centers and patients.