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July 24, 2024

We’ll review laws restricting press freedom – Reps

The House of Representatives has said it will engage the media in reviewing laws and practices that restrict press freedom in the country.

The review will address issues that affect the ability of the media to carry out its constitutional role effectively.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Akintunde Rotimi, stated this in his message to celebrate the 2024 World Press Freedom Day.

He said the House acknowledges the Nigerian media as one of the most vibrant institutions in the country.

The statement reads: “The Nigeria House of Representatives joins the global community of journalists and media practitioners in commemorating this year’s World Press Freedom Day.

“Commemorated on May 3 annually, the observance of Press Freedom Day highlights the importance of a free media for healthy democracies and provides an opportunity to celebrate journalists as agents of public good.

“In this light, we celebrate and honour the work of every journalist and media practitioner across our country as they exercise their duty of upholding the fundamental objectives contained in the constitution, as well as, upholding the responsibility and accountability of government to the people.

“The theme of this day which says ‘A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis’ alludes to the critical role that journalists play in creating necessary awareness at a time the world is battling some of the worst impacts of climate change.

“Our country, Nigeria, is not excluded from this fight, since it is now ranked as one of the most vulnerable to climate change. This is reflected in the numerous issues we encounter, including flooding, drought, food insecurity, erosion, harsh weather, and even conflicts caused by resource shortages and struggles.”

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