Buhari urges journalists to adhere to ethics

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As the world celebrates Press
Freedom Day, President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted journalists and advised
them to adhere to the ethics of the profession to be more meaningful to the
nation.

He said: “Without adherence to
ethics, professions turn awry, and become part of national malaise, rather than
solutions.”

Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser
to the President (Media and Publicity) on Thursday quoted Buhari in a statement
as saying advising journalists to constantly recommit to the canons of
fairness.

“Journalists must constantly
recommit to the canons of fairness, accuracy, objectivity, balance, and other
ideals that guide their profession.

On this occasion of World Press
Freedom Day, I urge you to rededicate yourselves to the role of being watchdogs
of society, while being mindful of the cohesion and equilibrium of that same
society.

There are always those who want
to use the media to emphasize our fault lines as a people, dwell on primordial
sentiments, and keep the country perpetually on the same spot. Be wary of
such,” Buhari advised.

The President noted that the
theme of this year’s celebration, “Media
for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation,
” was
quite germane for Nigeria, having recently concluded general elections.

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He urged the media to reflect on
the deleterious effect of fake news, misinformation and disinformation before,
during and after the polls.

President Buhari affirmed that
government would continue to ensure that the media was not muzzled in any way,
since democracy and freedom of expression were kindred spirits.

“Our administration is committed
to the highest levels of transparency, and we will guarantee press freedom at
all times.

“We only require that the freedom
be used responsibly, and for lofty ideals of national unity and development,”
the President asserts.

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