Nigeria Union of Journalists

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is a network of media professionals established to advance the safety and welfare of Nigerian journalists.[1][2] It is an independent trade organisation with no political leaning or ideological disposition. NUJ is founded in the underlying belief that speaking with one voice as a professional body it can push for the interest of its members particularly in the areas of working conditions and rights: freedom of expression, safety,[3] job security and fair remuneration, gender equality, freedom of association, copyright protection and fight against all forms of discrimination and suppression.[4][5][6] NUJ organises and supports campaigns aimed at protecting the journalists’ rights and strengthening collective agreements.

NUJ was founded on 15 March 1955 in Lagos during the Nigeria's struggle for independence from British rule. It is affiliated to the Nigeria Labour Congress. Its membership grew from 3,950 in 1988 to 35,000 in 2005.[7]


  1. ^ "NUJ, others condemn harassment of journalists by Ebonyi Govt". 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  2. ^ "NUJ condemns attack on journalists in Osun". 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  3. ^ Onyeji, Ebuka (2018-08-16). "NUJ writes Osinbajo, accuses IGP Idris of hounding journalists". Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  4. ^ "Nigerian journalists discuss ways to ensure improved welfare, security for media practitioners". 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  5. ^ "NUJ President wants more protection for journalists". Pulse Nigeria. 2019-08-16. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  6. ^ "NUJ rejects FG's plan to regulate social media". 2019-11-01. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  7. ^ LeVan, A. Carl; Ukata, Patrick (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192526324.