I have no plan to stifle press freedom – Buhari

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President Mohammadu Buhari, yesterday, condemned attacks on media practitioners in Africa and stated that his administration is not and will never be a threat to Nigerian media.

The President made this known in his keynote address at the opening of the Congress of the Federation of African Journalists in Abuja.

President Buhari who was represented at the occasion by the minister of information, Alh. Lai Mohammed, said that the present administration believes that the reason for the existence of any government is the security and welfare of its citizens, whether or not they are journalists and therefore committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens. ‘‘I can report to this Congress that not a single journalist is being detained or harassed in our country today.

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The government of the day is not a threat to the media, and it is not about to stifle press freedom or deny anyone his or her constitutionally guaranteed rights. In his words, President Buhari further explained that

‘‘Nigeria views the International Declaration for the Protection of Journalists as a positive step, and strongly condemns attacks targeting journalists in the course of their duties.

‘‘This administration sees the media as a partner in progress, and has never even contemplated harassing, not to mention killing, any journalist. ‘‘The media represents the eyes and ears of the world. Any attempt to silence it through the harassment, arrests, detention and murder of journalists, is akin to making the world go blind and deaf,’’ he added.

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