Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
FG restates commitment to upholding press freedom

By News Express on 04/05/2017

Views: 988

•Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed.
•Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed.

The Federal Government has restated the commitment of the Buhari administration to upholding the freedom of the press.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2017, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described as inaccurate the recent survey by Reporters Without Borders, which alleged that Nigeria’s press freedom rating has been on sustained decline since 2015.

He said despite the inaccurate and fake news saturating the media space, the Federal Government has not put a single journalist behind bars as a result of his or her professional conduct.

Alhaji Mohammed said even though there are reports that some States have been hard on some journalists and bloggers for alleged misconduct, it has not been the policy of this Federal Government to join issues with the media, because of its unflinching commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy, which include free press and freedom of speech.

He said the recent incident involving The PUNCH Correspondent covering the State House is an aberration, adding that the speed with which the order barring the correspondent from the State House was reversed has lent credence to the fact that this government is not out to muzzle the press.

The Minister recalled that the accreditation of the current Chairman of the State House Press Corps, Ubale Musa, which was withdrawn by the previous administration, was immediately restored upon the assumption of office by the Buhari administration, in order to give the media unhindered access to the seat of power.

He therefore pledged the readiness to this administration to always create a conducive environment for the media to thrive and to continue to discharge its constitutional mandate without hindrance.

Source News Express

Posted 04/05/2017 12:37:14 AM





You may also like...
Imo State has collapsed — Ex-Governor Ohakim •Says...

Army hunts for 3 officers, 17 others declared...

Lagos, Delta, Osun, Akwa Ibom lead debtor states...

Ex-militants in Akwa Ibom seek inclusion in pipeline...

FG lifts suspension on Pioneer Status •Sets out...

FG set to kick-start cleanup of Ogoniland

RIGHTSView: Nigerian Military and the Parable of the...

Nigerian Navy disobeys Buhari, refuses to release detainees...

ECOWAS scores EFCC high on anti-graft war

Cameroon dismantles Boko Haram’s training camp, seized 84...

Police rescues 4 abducted bus passengers in Rivers...

Military foils attack on Agip, arrests 19 vandals...


Latest News Bandits’ commanders agree to suspend attacks Over 1,000 cult members renounce membership in Ebonyi •Say we’re now ‘born-again’ NDLEA to recruit 5,000 personnel to boost manpower US awards full scholarships to 30 Nigerian students 4 FAAN security chiefs suspended over Lagos airport security breach Herders-farmers’ clashes: Yoruba youths, Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore mull national security summit PDP closes case at Presidential Election Tribunal, calls 62 witnesses Abolish herdsmen movement from North to South, Ganduje tells FG 5 Kirikiri Prison inmates bag University degrees NAPTIN gets new Director-General I don’t have money, please release my mum, Siasia begs kidnappers Protests: FG warns Shi’ites


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (509,934 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (431,532 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (373,481 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (316,740 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (282,477 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (247,204 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (239,266 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (223,737 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (221,228 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (208,783 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (188,363 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (186,984 views)


NLNG Job Vacancy

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (97) Business & Economy (4,358) Business Verdict (76) Columnists (1,074) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (211) Entertainment (635) Features (779) Global Business Monitor (396) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,723) Interview (192) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (163) Maggie's Blog (342) News (48,839) Opinion (1,291) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,170) Religion (1,051) Sports (2,102) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update






APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera