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Press Freedom Day: Senate President Lauds Nigerian Media

As Journalists mark the World Press Freedom Day, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has commended the Nigerian Media for doing a great job in speaking the truth and insisting on the government being accountable to the people.

Senator Lawan, in a message of felicitation released on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, acknowledged that Journalists have made heroic contributions to the society.

According to him, it is in this regard that he reflects on the theme for this year’s celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, which is: “Journalism under digital siege.”

The theme, he noted was to draw attention to “Surveillance and digitally-mediated attacks on journalists” around the world in their course of duty.”

Senator Lawan assured journalists in Nigeria that the National Assembly would continue through legislation to protect them and enhance the practice of their noble profession.

“Our fledgling democracy can only thrive under an environment of free speech and freedom of the press. That freedom is an essential ingredient of democracy.

“However, journalists must also continue to take due cognizance of their responsibilities to the society by wielding their mighty pens and keyboards with circumspection.

“In this age of information, practitioners, whether in the traditional or new media, have an obligation now more than ever before to uphold the ethics and tenets of the journalism profession and show the way in responsible dissemination of information.

“Because of the fear of the dangerous consequences of the abuse of the power of the media, some people have called for the regulation of social media.

“As a parliament, the National Assembly will not allow free speech and press freedom to be constricted but will also strive to ensure that the freedom is not abused.

“On this note, I wish the Nigerian journalists a happy World Press Freedom Day,” Lawan stated.

Source: Voice of Nigeria