World Press Freedom Day: Media acceptable to growth of democracy is one founded on fairness, justice and national interest, President Buhari says

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*As elections next year, journalists should report without bias, he says

“On this World Press Freedom Day, those involved in the negative antics should reflect, and ponder on how some countries have been thrown into tailspin by irresponsible use of the media. We have no other country than Nigeria, and what we make of it is what we get,” Buhari stated through a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has said for national development and the growth of democracy to be ensured, “positively critical media is vital”.

The President noted, in a message marking this year’s World Press Freedom Day observed every May 3, that “a media that cavils (beats around the bush) will only generate unwarranted tension in a plural society like ours.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, seizing the occasion, pledges an unfettered environment for the media to do its work, but notes that responsibility is reciprocal, and that journalists should be mindful of fairness, justice, and national interest at all times.

Reflecting on this year’s theme: “Keeping Power In Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law,” the President re-affirmed his commitment to an atmosphere in which the media is free from harassment or any form of attack in the exercise of the profession, within the ambit of the law.

“The media can count on us to keep our words, but we also want to be fairly reported. The media should hold ethics of the noble profession sacrosanct, and be wary of those bent on causing disaffection in the country,” President Buhari said.

While buttressing the fact that “a positively critical media is vital to national development, and the growth of democracy”, the President noted that “a media that cavils will only generate unwarranted tension in a plural society like ours.

“The world is in the throes of animosities generated by fake news and hate speech, often spawned by some media, particularly the digital variant called social media.

“On this World Press Freedom Day, those involved in the negative antics should reflect, and ponder on how some countries have been thrown into tailspin by irresponsible use of the media. We have no other country than Nigeria, and what we make of it is what we get,” Buhari stated through a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

“As we approach general elections next year, let our journalists resolve to report the process fairly and without bias, irrespective of who is involved. That would be the very essence of World Press Freedom Day,” the President stressed.

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