Nigeria: Nigerian govt reassures public on support for press freedom

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government said Tuesday said it would not do anything to stifle press freedom, because it is keenly aware that a free press is vital to the success of any democracy.

Federal Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said in a statement released in Abuja that the federal government had nothing to do with the recent arrest of Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the online newspaper Premium Times, and a reporter working for the paper, Ms. Evelyn Okakwu.

He said the whole issue of the journalists' arrest was purely a private affair involving a citizen and a privately-owned newspaper. He wondered how that could now be construed as an attempt by the government to intimidate the press.

''We have said it before and we want to re-state it: The Federal Government has no immediate or long-term plan to stifle press freedom. Even the social media, with its warts and all, will neither be regulated nor have its operations tampered with,'' Alhaji Mohammed assured Nigerians.
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24 january 2017 19:30:02

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