4 May 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Government at all levels and stakeholders have been urged to help in promoting the freedom of the press and transparency to ensure good governance.
A Public Affairs Analyst, Mr Sotade Olayinka made the call while featuring on “Perspectives” a Kapital FM Current Affairs Programme to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day in Abuja.
Mr. Olayinka remind the governments of their role to honour the media professionals in their quest to uphold the tenets of journalism by not hoarding informations.
He also urged the Federal government to avoid hoarding information to curb the spread of fake news in the country.
Speaking on the topic “Press Freedom and its Impact on the Nation’s Political Structure” he appealed to Media professionals to ensure balance in their reportage and desist from reporting issues that can over heat the polity.
Mr Olayinka who described the media as a tool of fast tracking good governance and development advised the media to be objective in disseminating information
The Public Affairs Analyst who explained that the political stability of any nation depended on the freedom of the press urged journalists to adhere to the ethics of the profession in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
Mr. Olayinka who said information was vital
appealed to media practitioners to use the day to proffer solutions to various challenges facing the profession.
“The World Press Freedom Day, is an essential ingredient to the existence of democracy and fundamental human goals therefore media professionals should utilise the Freedom of Information Act to strengthen investigative journalism in the country”.
He also called on journalists to hold their leaders accountable as the watchdog of the society to promote good governance in the country.