As the world marks the Press Freedom Day today, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has tasked journalists in the country to apply enhanced investigative reporting in exposing corruption and promote nationalism.
According to the Speaker, the Nigerian press should put patriotism first in the discharge of its responsibilities in order to constantly place the country in a positive light amongst the comity of nations.
Dogara in his message to mark the World Press Freedom Day, through his spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, also admonished the media to adhere strictly to the ethics of journalism so as to be globally competitive.
While praising the Nigerian press for the role it played in the struggle for and enthronement of democracy, the Speaker, however, called on media practitioners to “shun desk journalism, and engage in qualitative investigative journalism that will promote national unity as well as expose rot and corruption in the system in line with the present administration’s agenda.
“It is important that you continue to fight for a society where free, empowered citizens can contribute in a democracy. That is what democracy is all about, freedom to pursue happiness.
When that is done, we should be able to deliver on the promise of change, which will lift Nigeria to a new pedestal.
“This year’s anniversary is coming five years after we passed into law, the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), which placed Nigeria as one of the leading nations that have adopted the law” the statement quoted the Speaker.
He stressed that the 8th National Assembly was determined to promoting freedom of the press as one of the cardinal pillars of a free society, urging practitioners to exercise such freedom with responsibility so as not to endanger the public good, as he wished the Nigerian press a joyous Press Freedom Day celebration.