Online publishers were free to criticise the government but he warned that such criticism must be validated.
Presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, while speaking at the launch of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, advised the body to promote unity through their reportage.
According Punch Newspapers, Adesina said “online publishers were free to criticise the government but he warned that such criticism must be validated.”
He also said “You (online publishers) have to start now to become agents of change to our dear country by churning out objective reportage online that will foster our growth and unity. Although millions of people access information online, they still do not trust such until the traditional media publishes it.”
Adding that “We should cease from publishing things that would warrant your audience to wait for the traditional media to validate it before they believe or not
“For those who see the online media as a licence to use vague words and insist on continuing to do as they wish, we will not be liable when such persons get into trouble.
“Unless online publishers clean up, the bad ones will continue to dominate and they will continue to give people the impression not to believe anything online until they are validated,” Adesina said.