Thursday, 25 February 2016

FG Scores Media High In Fight Against Corruption, Terrorism.

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The minister for information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the Nigerian mass-media for its role in the ongoing national campaign against terrorism and corruption, saying the media has acted creditably in keeping the people informed about the campaigns.

Speaking while receiving members of the Nigerian national committee of the International Press Institute (IPI), who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, yesterday said, “So far we have enjoyed tremendous support from the media, especially in our anti-corruption fight and our fight against terrorism. I think the media has done very well.”

He promised to collaborate with the IPI to improve the welfare and safety of journalists practicing in Nigeria.

He advised those standing trial for corruption not to prolong their trial by deploying unnecessary legal tactics, and said the rule of law should not be misconstrued as a shield to protect corruption suspects from standing trial.

Alhaji Mohammed also expressed the willingness of the federal government to partner with the IPI to explore the possibility of hosting the 2018 congress of the institute in Nigeria.

He reiterated his earlier statement that in a time of national crisis, the media cannot afford to be neutral.

‘’We are not saying that you should suspend your professional judgement, but you cannot afford to sit on the fence when the issues we are talking about are issues that are capable of affecting the unity of the country. This is just the same way that the media rallied round during Ebola.’’

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