World press freedom day: Minister tasks media on fair reporting
By Faith Idem
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on the media to always ensure fairness, impartiality, truth and accuracy in reporting the activities of government, in line with the principles of responsible journalism.
The Minister made this known in Abuja, yesterday, in a statement to mark the 2018 World Press Freedom Day, with the theme ‘Keeping Power In Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.’
According to him, “As important pillar of democracy, the media must purge itself of all prejudice, in order to be able to hold all the levels and arms of government to account.”
While commending the media for its role so far in promoting democracy in Nigeria, Alhaji Mohammed said the media should strive to operate above political influence and interference”.
He stressed, “As the political parties and the nation in general prepare for another electioneering process, the media must ensure transparency of the entire political process through unbiased and objective reporting”.
The Minister expressed concern at how some vested political interests are exploring the media to promote divisions along ethnic and religious lines in the country, saying such unpatriotic conduct is not good for the nation’s unity and progress.
He said, “The government is not unaware of the effort of mischief makers to use the social media, in particular, to undermine the government and promote ethnic-religious crisis, especially ahead of the forthcoming general elections”.
The Minister, however, restated the commitment of the present administration to press freedom in the country, saying the administration would continue to ensure that journalists are able to carry out their duties unfettered.