President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerian journalists to be fair and accurate while reporting as the world marks Press Freedom Day.
Concise News understands that The World Press Freedom Day is observed every May 3 to celebrate fundamental principles of press freedom.
It is a day media practitioners evaluate press freedom around the world and defend the media from attacks on their independence.
“Journalists must constantly recommit to the canons of fairness, accuracy, objectivity, balance, and other ideas that guide their profession,” Buhari said in a statement issued by his top media aide Femi Adesina.
“On this occasion of World Press Freedom Day, I urge you to rededicate yourselves to the role of being watchdogs of society, while being mindful of the cohesion and equilibrium of that same society.”
Appealing to newsmen to be wary of people that would use the media to emphasize the Nigeria’s fault lines, Buhari stated that the Federal Government “would continue to ensure that the media was not muzzled in any way, since democracy and freedom of expression were kindred spirits.”
“Our administration is committed to the highest levels of transparency, and we will guarantee press freedom at all times.
“We only require that the freedom be used responsibly, and for lofty ideals of national unity and development.”