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Governors’ forum calls for protection of media

04 May 2015, 08:29Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rotimi Amaechi, has encouraged journalists to be professional and fearless in the dispensation of their duties.

Speaking through Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, in Port Harcourt, Amaechi said freedom of the press and freedom of expression were fundamental human rights and essential pillars of democratic societies and good governance.

“Journalists bridge the information gap,” Amaechi, who is also Rivers State governor, said in a prepared speech at an event to commemorate World Press Freedom Day.

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The day was commemorated this past weekend.

The governor noted that many journalists had died, disappeared or in jail across the world, in their determination to bring good news to the members of the public and they must not be forgotten.

“Every effort should be made by government to ensure that journalists do their work in safe and enabling environments, while the crimes against them are prosecuted. However, the media professionals also have an obligation to ensure fairness, accuracy, decency, responsibility, impartiality and objectivity in the discharge of their duties,” said Amaechi.

The event in Port Harcourt was marked under the theme, “Let Journalism Thrive: Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age.”

- CAJ News


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