By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has felicitated with the Nigerian journalists on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.
Malami expressed the felicitation to the nation’s journalists in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu in Abuja yesterday.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice saluted the courageous support and efforts of Nigerian journalists in upholding the rule of law, enhancing the fight against corruption and protecting the tenets of democratic principles in the country.
He urged journalists to continue to uphold the ethics and virtues of their profession and guard against “infodemic” of spreading fake news, misinformation and distorted facts, especially in this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister expressed appreciation on the media’s role in informing the citizens on the activities of government and holding the government accountable in compliance with Section 22 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Malami reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government in supporting the media through the provision of unceasing conducive atmosphere for socially-responsible independent press with unhindered right of access to information within the context of promotion of public interest.