In commemoration of the annual World Press Freedom, celebrated on May 3, 2015. Journalists in Nigeria under the aegis of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), have taken on the task of reviving the country, in collaboration with government.
The journalists say impunity, corruption oppression and other socio-economic vices that have held the nation down over the years must be eradicated.
The NGE, through a statement by the president, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, said that the incoming government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari must work with journalists to eradicate corruption and ensure development and prosperity for the country.
Adesina said: “One of the key electoral promises of the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) government is zero tolerance for corruption. And such a battle needs a synergy between government and the media. If there is any time government should strengthen relationship with the media towards a healthy, progressive country, it is now.”
According to the NGE president, free press would accelerate national development, give fillip to the fight against corruption, and engender a better society. Adesina buttressed his point with the statement from the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, that, “freedom of expression, independent media and universal access to knowledge will fortify efforts to achieve lasting results for people and the planet.”
“For long, the fight against corruption in Nigeria has been sluggish, even half-hearted. At the break of a new dawn, we must go beyond rhetoric. The government that will emerge from May 29, 2015 must walk its talk on fighting corruption, and must take the media as an ally,” said Adesina.
He added that the anti-corruption battle in Nigeria needs journalism to “shine the light on works of darkness.”
This year’s World Press Freedom Day has the theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, General Equality and Media Safety in the Digital Age.” Among other things, it seeks to safeguard journalists in the line of duty and improve their welfare, with support from government and the society at large.
Credits: Daily Independent