ADVERTISEMENT

'Buhari is not a media threat,' Minister says

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said journalists in Nigeria have nothing to fear from the Nigerian government in the performance of their duties.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Mohammed said this on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at the 2016 Annual Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) in Doha.

He said ''Under this dispensation, we have never even contemplated stifling the freedom of the media not to talk of hounding them to death.

''Not a single journalist is in detention in Nigeria today. The government of the day is not a threat to the media, and it is not about to stifle press freedom or deny anyone his or her constitutionally guaranteed rights."

The minister also said he he had taken measures to enhance communication and also reduce suspicion between the government and the media, having identified lack of communication as the major challenge.

ADVERTISEMENT

Mohammed said ''These (measures) include strengthening the rapport between the government and the media, which I have done by meeting with the major stakeholders in the media industry, and setting up a committee between the media and the security/intelligence agencies to deepen communication and understanding."

Commenting on the role of governments which regularly target journalists for their work, the minister said ''the state which ought to protect life should not be the one to snuff it out.''

Adding that there was a need for capacity building for media practitioners, so as to enhance the performance of their duties.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

FG restates commitment to training female students in STEM

FG restates commitment to training female students in STEM

Police arrest couple, ex-soldier, printer for printing fake currencies in Lagos

Police arrest couple, ex-soldier, printer for printing fake currencies in Lagos

Minimum Wage Committee invites labour unions, employers, others to public hearing

Minimum Wage Committee invites labour unions, employers, others to public hearing

Implementing Oronsaye report will add value to government policies - Uzodimma

Implementing Oronsaye report will add value to government policies - Uzodimma

Women, youths' involvement in drug abuse now frightening - NDLEA boss

Women, youths' involvement in drug abuse now frightening - NDLEA boss

Tinubu appoints new management team for FGN Power company

Tinubu appoints new management team for FGN Power company

MURIC denounces EFCC investigation of Dhikrullah Hassan as fake news

MURIC denounces EFCC investigation of Dhikrullah Hassan as fake news

Poor electricity forces frozen food vendor to spend ₦400k on diesel monthly

Poor electricity forces frozen food vendor to spend ₦400k on diesel monthly

Gov Aiyedatiwa swears in 6 new commissioners, 8 special advisers

Gov Aiyedatiwa swears in 6 new commissioners, 8 special advisers

Pulse Sports

Ex-Arsenal midfielder rushed to hospital following brain-related injury

Ex-Arsenal midfielder rushed to hospital following brain-related injury

I don't want him punished — Greenwood opens up on feelings after Bellingham's alleged name-calling

I don't want him punished — Greenwood opens up on feelings after Bellingham's alleged name-calling

Rinsola Babajide and Ashleigh Plumptre: England stars reunite with Super Falcons of Nigeria

Rinsola Babajide and Ashleigh Plumptre: England stars reunite with Super Falcons of Nigeria

‘I must marry Osimhen’ - Busty Nigerian fan declares after Napoli star nets in Cagliari draw

‘I must marry Osimhen’ - Busty Nigerian fan declares after Napoli star nets in Cagliari draw

Ancelotti plans for Kylian Mbappe revealed

Ancelotti plans for Kylian Mbappe revealed

No Osimhen? Give us Boniface — Chelsea desperate to tap into Super Eagles' striker pool

No Osimhen? Give us Boniface — Chelsea desperate to tap into Super Eagles' striker pool

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT