Buhari cautions media, urges ‘responsible’ journalism

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned media houses to use their freedom responsibly especially in the country’s current political climate.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, media aide to the President, on Sunday quoted Buhari as saying that the press should avoid licentious freedom and embrace responsibility.

The statement read, “That everything is permitted does not mean that there are no rules of correctness, particularly in a polity seriously challenged as ours now.

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“The media must be sensitive to what we are going through as a country, and anything that would exacerbate the situation, and further inflame passions and emotions, should be avoided.”

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The President made his appeal in commemoration of the 2021 World Press Freedom day.

He charged those who manage information for the government to do everything in the public interest.

The President reiterated the importance of responsible reporting, especially in this era of disinformation, misinformation and hate speech.