3 May 2021 By James Itodo
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated Nigerian journalists as they celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
Senator Lawan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi notes that May 3 is set aside every year to remind governments around the world of their obligation to facilitate and respect press freedom, and also to remind journalists the need to respect the ethics of the profession.
It says the lawmaker is proud that Nigeria has a vibrant media that has always resolutely defended freedom of speech.
According to the statement, freedom of the press enables journalists to effectively discharge their roles as the watchdog of the society and Fourth Estate of the Realm.
It pays tribute to the patriots who lost their lives in the line of duty and prays that their death will not be in vain.
The statement stresses that the Ninth Senate and the National Assembly will never pass any law that inhibits the freedom of the press but rather work with the media to further strengthen the profession.
It calls on leadership of the profession to adopt practical measures to check the activities of purveyors of fake news.
The statement wishes the media a happy celebration.