A governorship aspirant under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in November 6 election in Anambra state, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo has called governments at all levels to ensure press freedom, urging media practitioners to give quality and factual reports.
He described factual information reportage as tool for national development and integration, stressing that freedom of media workers in discharge of their duty would check excesses of governments.
“If the governments make the freedom of information very operational and journalists get required information timely to aid their reports, fake news would be out of way and the public would be rightly informed,” he said.
Ezeemo said that quality and factual information would be used for public good and not as weapons of destruction, incitement and disintegration but a medium to educate and inform the laid minds.
According to him, to commemorate 2021 World Press Freedom Day with the theme: ‘Information as a Public Good’, government should make Freedom of information bill operational in reality not in white paper.
He added, “The theme is a call for action on the shared responsibilities between citizens and government in order to use information to advance oneness, justice, peace, security, development despite geo-graphical location
“Do you know that Journalists and other media professionals are partners in progress in their mission for peace and sustainable development? They demand standard training, retraining to meet up daily changes in a changing world, respect of the public and show of dignity in the course of discharging their duties.”
While joining the rest of the world to celebrate journalists and media professionals, Ezeemo prayed for better welfare package for media workers, just as he urged the governments at all levels to have a rethink on call for press freedom, access to information and the respect of the rights of Journalists in Nigeria.
Ezeemo further insisted that freedom of information should be given to the media, violations of Journalists rights and media censorship by government actors should cease.
“According to the 2021 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders, there is a 13 percent deterioration in the abuse of rights and privileges of Journalists in Africa in the last one year.
“This is one of the reasons Africa remains the world’s most dangerous continent for Journalists in 2021. Journalists and other media professionals are partners in progress in our goal for peace and sustainable development,” he added.