12 July 2021 by Aisha Adesanya
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila says he will not be party to any attempt to silence the Nigerian media.
He stated this while speaking at the Second Dinner/Award night organized by the House of Representatives Press Corps with the Theme: “Recognising Good Governance And Legislative Excellence In The Face Of Adversity”.
The Speaker explained that the Nigeria Press Council amendment and other media bills would bring about the needed reforms to transform the media industry in the country.
According to the lawmaker, the reforms became necessary at a time when fake news and other unethical practices have crept into the profession.
The Speaker, added that fake news had ruined countries, businesses, families, and other entities around the world with far-reaching negative consequences.
Gbajabiamila who stressed the need for free press in the country, said there were some aspects that needed to be regulated to ensure sanity and protect the socio-economic, political and security interests of Nigeria.
He further lamented that, despite attempts for proper checks and balances for the Executive, Judiciary, and the Legislature through scrutiny, the media appeared to be averse to regulations.
He noted that despite advocacies for press freedom, there is nowhere in the world where freedom of expression is absolute.
The Speaker expressed regret that anytime the National Assembly moved to make legislations with good intentions, people would react negatively.
He urged journalists covering the National Assembly to be objective in their reportage always for the good of the Nation.