On Tuesday, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu asked journalists to rededicate themselves to bold and impartial journalism in order to provide credibility to their reporting.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Sanwo-Olu complimented journalists on their dedication to the ideals of the profession on World Press Freedom Day 2022.
He stated that his government will continue to promote press freedom and create a climate conducive to excellent journalism.
According to the governor, the topic of the Year 2022 celebration, “Journalism Under Digital Siege,” validates the necessity for professionals to face the monitoring and digitally-mediated attacks on journalists and their craft.
”The emergence of fake news, especially its dominance on digital and social media, has challenged the reputation of the profession as the channel of credible information,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu urged policymakers, journalists, media personnel, lawmakers, internet experts and other stakeholders to dialogue on ways at ensuring that the profession remained for all, a beacon of hope and integrity.
He said that Lagos state, being the biggest home of the media in Nigeria, would always ensure press freedom and encourage the Fourth Estate of the Realm to play its critical role in democracy, without any obstacle.
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