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Nigerian leader’s support for media freedom

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan says his administration would continue to uphold media freedom as enshrined in the constitution.
He said that as a firm believer in the right of the media, he would stop at nothing to ensure that journalists continue to carry out their duties without let or hindrance.
Jonathan told a conference of Journalists in Abuja that although he believed in the right of the media and that all rights are accompanied with corresponding responsibility, journalists must also exhibit a high sense of patriotism in reporting issues and events about the country.
He advised journalists to be on the alert especially for politicians and special interests who manipulate public opinion for selfish and sectional motives and against collective national interest.
“My administration is conscious of the vital role of the mass media in supporting our transformation agenda and is therefore committed to properly enhance the practice.
“It was in this regard that led to our enactment of the Freedom of Information law to enhance the ability of our dear practitioners to discharge their duties.
The President condemned the recent attacks on media houses by suspected terrorists and commended Nigerian journalists for remaining resolute in spite of the attacks.
He urged media practitioners to continue to foster peace, religious tolerance and harmony in the country.
Meanwhile, members of the Nigeria Union Journalists have re-elected the National President of the body, Mallam Mohammed Garba for the next three years.
Report by Robert Ilo in Lagos