WPFD 2019: Journalists Roots For Environmental Protection.

By Adwarping news.
As the world commemorates World Press Freedom Day-WPFD, journalists in Northern Uganda are advocating for the preservation the environment and forests.
The media practitioners under their umbrella Northern Uganda Media Club-NUMEC decried massive destruction of trees in Acholi sub region for commercial purposes.
Speaking during an interview, Arthur Owor of Choice Fm in Gulu said forests destruction has become a major concern that needs attention of the media.
He urges that the media should do investigations to identify persons involved in the business and equally use their microphones to name and shame them.
Willy Chowoo, a social media guru questioned why government and state actors are silent on the massive destruction of indigenous tree species such as the Africana Afzelia, mahogany and Shea.
NUMEC on Thursday partnered with Total E&P Oil Exploration Company to plant trees at the Nwoya district headquarters and Anaka hospital.
Christopher Ocowun, the Total E&P public relations officer says the partnership aimed at sensitizing the public to plant more trees to preserve the environment.
Nwoya district chairperson, Patrick Okello Oryema explained that the media is paramount in protecting the environment through its medium of communication.
Francis Obali, the National Environmental Management Authority-NEMA natural resource manager says they are trying hard to stop illegal tree cutting in conjunction with security agencies and NEMA forest rangers.
Obali estimated forest destruction in Uganda at 30% a figure he said will likely increase if not handled well.
This year`s World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated in Ethiopia under the theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism in Times of Disinformation“.

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