World Press Freedom Day: 7 important takeaways from Buhari's message to journalists

World Press Freedom Day: 7 important takeaways from Buhari's message to journalists

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, May 2, said he’s recommitted to freedom of the press.

The Nigerian leader made the remark in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina in commemoration of 2021 World Press Freedom Day slated for May 3.

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Buhari in line with the theme of this year ‘Information as a Public Good", pledged to greater cooperation with the media to discharge its duties.

World Press Freedom Day: 7 important takeaways from Buhari's message to journalists
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian journalists to wield freedom of the press responsibly. Photo credit: @BashirAhmaad
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In this piece, Legit.ng highlights seven important things President Buhari said while celebrating the landmark day with the media:

1. The president urged media professionals to wield freedom of the press responsibly, and without licentiousness.

2. Freedom of the press is an irreducible minimum in a democracy that would flourish, adding that freedom must, however, be used responsibly.

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3. That everything is permitted does not mean that there are no rules of correctness.

4. The media must be sensitive to what Nigeria is going through as a country

5. Anything that would exacerbate the situation, and further inflame passions and emotions, should be avoided.

6. The media needs to ensure that it does not encourage incendiary words and actions that could further hurt the nation's unity in diversity.

7. According to the president, the Nigerian media should embrace licentious freedom.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that renowned Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi continues to advocate for the bandits.

This time Gumi is asking the media to stop referring to the bandits as criminals. He made the request while speaking as a guest on Arise Television on Thursday, February 25.

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The cleric who berated the media, accused journalists of fuelling Nigeria's insecurity problem by the names they use.

In a related development, the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, warned that some people who commercialise their opinions on social media do not have reputable character.

Keyamo in a tweet on Tuesday, April 13, stated that he pities people who make such social media influncers their moral compass.

Though Keyamo did not name anyone he accused of commercializing opinions on social media.

Source: Legit.ng

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