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Lagos begins review of Newspaper Law

The existing Newspaper Law Cap No. 2 which was introduced in 2003 is about to be reviewed in Lagos State.

This is to effectively regulate and properly document their activities and scope of operations in order to reflect contemporary realities.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde made this known while addressing a press conference on the activities of his ministry in the last twelve months as he affirmed that the exiting Newspaper Law in the state had become obsolete.

According to Mr Ayorinde, the review was necessitated by the need to make the existing law more effective and in tune with modern day dynamics.

In view of the realisation that the State Newspaper Cap Law is obsolete, the State Government has commenced the process of reviewing existing Newspaper Law Cap No2 of 2003 with a view to making it more effective and in tune with modern reality.

The review attempt is not to stifle the media; the idea is to move with the trends and development of the time, it is for the good of the journalism profession, he stressed.

He assured that once the review is completed, media stakeholders would be invited to a meeting in order to intimate them with the provisions of the law and their obligations before enactment.

You can’t operate as a print medium and not be registered with the ministry, the media space has been going through transformation and the review is in line with the changes in the media space, he noted.

The Commissioner maintained that the unavailability of the true figure of the publishing media houses operating in the state had been a great challenge in terms of documentation and billings.

In the words of Mr Ayorinde The review is about how the ministry can be empowered to register online media, track who they are and from where they are operating.

While claiming that 90 percent of the online media are based in Lagos, Ayorinde enjoined online media publishers to come forward to identify themselves with a location; saying that it was never an attempt to stifle the media in anyway.

The review is being looked at from the point of the media and the law, he noted.

The Press Briefing by the Ministry was the climax of Ministerial Press conferences marking the second year of the present government as well as the 50th anniversary of the creation of Lagos State.

Source: Voice of Nigeria