President Muhammadu Buhari has urged media practitioners to be sensitive in carrying out their duties and avoid reports that could further worsen the situation the country.
According to a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President made the remark in his message to mark the World Press Freedom Day observed globally every May 3.
The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari urges responsible journalism on World Press Freedom Day.”
Adesina said the President recommitted to freedom of the press, and urged media professionals to wield freedom responsibly and without licentiousness.
According to him, the President described freedom of the press as an irreducible minimum in a democracy that would flourish, adding that freedom must, however, be used responsibly.
He quoted Buhari as saying, “The media must be sensitive to what we are going through as a country, and anything that would exacerbate the situation, and further inflame passions and emotions, should be avoided.
Meanwhile, The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured the Nigerian journalists that the 9th National Assembly will not work against press freedom in the country.
Lawan gave the assurance in a statement by his Media aide, Ola Awoniyi, on Sunday while congratulating the Nigerian journalists on the celebration of this year’s World Press Freedom Day today (Monday)
He said, “The 9th Senate and by extension, the National Assembly, will never pass any law that inhibits the freedom of the press but rather work with the media to further enhance the practice of the profession.”
He therefore called on the various organs regulating the profession and the practitioners to purge journalism of bad eggs.