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FG guarantees press freedom to the media

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Media practitioners must maintain truthfulness and responsibility in their work.

During the 21st annual Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja, themed “Tinubu’s Economic Reforms: Gainers and Losers”, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, emphasised that the Federal Government guarantees unrestricted media freedom to practitioners. However, the government also expects practitioners to maintain truthfulness and responsibility in their work. This declaration was made at an event organised by the Media Trust Group. Since the commencement of the Daily Trust annual dialogues, he claimed to have been involved in nearly half of them.

Since its inception, the Media Trust has established itself as a highly accountable media entity within the nation. They have avidly monitored their journey right from the beginning, recognising the immense contribution the Media Trust has made to the country. While occasionally taking considerable editorial liberties, they have undoubtedly accomplished noteworthy feats due to their counterparts in the newspaper industry. Moreover, he applauded President Bola Tinubu for his remarkable efforts. The Nigerian Press is evidently unrestrained, as evidenced by the occurrence of this dialogue in this setting.

Press freedom is one of the essentials that makes democracy thrive.

Democracy cannot thrive without the presence of freedom of the press. This notion is known to Tinubu, and hence, under his leadership, no one has been silenced or interrogated for their media presence. As Tinubu often emphasises, while freedom of the press and freedom of expression are essential, they should not grant individuals the licence to act irresponsibly. It is impossible to have freedom without accountability. The importance of their reports, irrespective of the content or timing, holds utmost significance, necessitating an unwavering commitment to truth, honesty, and openness.

In his role as a Minister of Information, he pledges to communicate in a candid and open manner to the people of Nigeria. The Nigerian government has no intention of suppressing press freedom or instilling fear within the press. He emphasises that while the Nigerian Press enjoys a substantial amount of freedom, they must exercise responsible and truthful reporting. Similarly, the claims circulating about Nigeria’s alleged failure to denounce the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza are entirely baseless and devoid of truth.

Other discussions were held around the country’s engagements.

During a recent IOC conference on Gaza, the minister and other government officials joined in solidarity to express Nigeria’s outright condemnation of the ongoing atrocities. The minister further emphasised that President Tinubu had reiterated the urgent need to cease the bloodshed in Gaza and foster a two-state solution during the visit of the U.S. envoy to Nigeria several days ago. Nevertheless, he further explained the intricate procedures that led to the harmonious resolution between the federal government and labour unions regarding the ₦35,000 palliative given in response to the removal of the fuel subsidy.

Malam Kabiru Yusuf, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Media Trust Group, emphasised the importance of engaging in constructive dialogue to address Nigeria’s issues and obstacles. The Media Trust is renowned for organising this event every year, attracting numerous esteemed individuals who actively participate. Nigeria, as a nation, perseveres as it awaits the emergence of hopeful prospects, even in the face of despair. He expressed his warm greetings to them as they embarked upon the journey of the Renewed Hope Agenda.

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The significance of press freedom lies in its ability to unveil the truth. Journalists possess the expertise to scrutinise and elucidate numerous intricate matters. Without newspapers, radio broadcasts, blogs, and similar mediums, the ordinary individual would remain oblivious to the events occurring in their surroundings. The majority of people lack the means and leisure to delve into matters and narratives that directly impact them and their communities. Journalists are essential in uncovering the truth. Possessing valuable abilities like extensive research and critical analysis, top-notch journalists excel in determining which inquiries to pose, and how to verify information.


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AN-Toni
Editor
1 month ago

FG guarantees freedom of the press. – Media practitioners must maintain truthfulness and responsibility in their work.Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
1 month ago

Freedom of the press is a fundamental right that allows for the dissemination of information, fostering transparency and accountability in society. It’s crucial for media practitioners to uphold truthfulness and responsibility in their work to maintain the public’s trust.
The press plays a vital role in providing citizens with accurate and reliable information, enabling them to make informed decisions and participate in democratic processes. However, with this freedom comes the responsibility to report news ethically, fact-check information, and present diverse perspectives.
Truthfulness is the cornerstone of journalism, and media practitioners should strive to provide accurate and unbiased reporting. It’s important to verify sources, cross-check facts, and present information in a balanced and fair manner. Responsible journalism also involves respecting privacy, avoiding sensationalism, and being mindful of the potential impact of news on individuals and communities.
In an era of misinformation and fake news, media practitioners have a critical role in combating disinformation and promoting media literacy. By adhering to ethical standards, journalists can help build a society where the public can rely on the media as a trusted source of information.

Kazeem1
Member
1 month ago

Press freedom is one of democracy’s main tenets. It is wonderful to learn that this freedom is guaranteed by the government. But there is immense responsibility that goes along with power.Since objectivity is the foundation of journalism, journalists should make every effort to present truthful, objective stories.

Taiwo
Member
1 month ago

Freedom of the press is guaranteed by FG. Media professionals need to continue being genuine and responsible in their job. The government also anticipates this from practitioners.The freedom of the press is essential for democracy to flourish.

SarahDiv
Member
30 days ago

Certainly! The Media Trust Group is not a terrorist organization. The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, affirmed at the Daily Trust Dialogue that the Nigerian government supports media freedom while expecting responsible and truthful reporting. The dialogue serves as a constructive platform to address national issues.