As Journalists in Nigeria join their counterparts the world over to commemorate the 2018 world Press Freedom Day, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has expressed solidarity with the Nigerian press, describing free press as necessary ingredient of true democracy.
In a statement issued by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara
decried rising violence and killings across the country as threat to press freedom and democracy.
He underscored the importance of the media in promoting democracy and the rule of law, stating that unhindered press must be encouraged to guarantee
right to information.
“As a watchdog of the society and forth estate of the realm, the media plays a pivotal role in protecting and promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law”.
” Journalists must also tell the right stories, especially those that promote unity, peace and harmony as well as stand up for the right to truth, especially now that we inch towards the 2019 general elections”.
While commending the theme for this year’s celebration, “Keeping power in check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law,” the speaker urged media practitioners to be objective, fair and balanced in their reportage and editorial policies and decisions, assuring that the House of Representatives, in particular and the National Assembly in general will continue to partner and support the media in guaranteeing free press including the safety of journalists through the instrumentality of the legislature, as practiced in other climes.