President Muhammadu Buhari has mentioned that he’s recommitted to freedom of the press.
He, nevertheless, cautioned the media to wield freedom responsibly, and with out licentiousness.
Buhari spoke as a part of the event of World Press Freedom Day, noticed globally each Might 3.
Whereas celebrating the landmark day with the media, the President famous that freedom of the press is an irreducible minimal in a democracy that might flourish, including that freedom should, nevertheless, be used responsibly.
“That the whole lot is permitted doesn’t imply that there are not any guidelines of correctness, significantly in a polity significantly challenged as ours now,” President Buhari says.
“The media should be delicate to what we’re going via as a rustic, and something that might exacerbate the state of affairs, and additional inflame passions and feelings, needs to be prevented.
“The media wants to make sure that whereas informing, educating, entertaining and setting agenda for public discourse, it doesn’t encourage incendiary phrases and actions that would additional damage our unity in range,” he mentioned.
Licentious freedom, the President mentioned, is completely different from freedom with duty, and costs the Nigerian media to embrace the latter, relatively than the previous.
On the a part of authorities, President Buhari pledged higher cooperation with the media to discharge its duties, in step with the theme of this 12 months’s World Press Freedom Day, ‘Info as a Public Good.’
He charged those that handle info for presidency to do the whole lot in public curiosity, whereas additionally encouraging the media to make use of the Freedom of Info Act out there to make its jobs simpler.
The President submitted that it is extremely important to have entry to dependable info in an period of misinformation, disinformation and hate speech, all to trigger discord in society.