President Muhammadu Buhari has mentioned that he’s recommitted to freedom of the press.
He, nonetheless, 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 may flourish, including that freedom should, nonetheless, be used responsibly.
“That every part 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 have to be delicate to what we’re going via as a rustic, and something that may exacerbate the scenario, and additional inflame passions and feelings, ought to be averted.
“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 might additional damage our unity in variety,” he mentioned.
Licentious freedom, the President mentioned, is totally different from freedom with accountability, and prices the Nigerian media to embrace the latter, somewhat than the previous.
On the a part of authorities, President Buhari pledged better cooperation with the media to discharge its duties, in keeping 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 every part in public curiosity, whereas additionally encouraging the media to make use of the Freedom of Info Act accessible to make its jobs simpler.
The President submitted that it is rather very important to have entry to dependable info in an period of misinformation, disinformation and hate speech, all to trigger discord in society.