Osinbajo attended the All Editors conference in Asaba, Delta state (image courtesy NAN)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on media practitioners in Nigeria to sustain their role of being fair and objective in reporting as the 2019 elections draw nearer.

The county’s number two citizen made this known on Thursday at the ongoing All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) holding in Asaba, Delta state.

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The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Credible Elections, Sustainable Democracy And The Role Of The Media.’

He said, “The journalism profession has always been at a greater risk than other professions and freedom of expression has always given people the right to information.

“But there were some actions by some regulatory parliaments that created obstacles for all newcomers except for renowned professionals and this created some restrictions.”

Osinbajo also said, “Most of the investigative reports are broadcast by the social media, such as blogs, television channels and many others.

“The Guild is a society of gate-keepers to whom belongs the responsibility of defining the efforts, norms and ethics of this profession. It also has the burden of setting the acceptable rules, conventions and practices of the profession.

“This gathering is, therefore, made greater in a society where corruption is the order of the day and where there is constant fight and the burden of The Guild is to ensure that rules and regulations are enforced and kept as it is a self-regulatory profession.”

In her response, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Funke Egbemode, urged Nigerians to actively participate in next year’s election.