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I thank you for the honour of asking me to keynote this event. I also thank you for the rare privilege of asking me to speak to any issue of my choice as long as it touches on this noble profession. I have chosen to share with you my thoughts on ‘the media and the…
Let me begin this piece by commending the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, for rightly describing military intervention in governance anywhere in the world as an aberration. It is an aberration because soldiers are trained in the act of war and not governance. They are charged with the responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of their nations.
Media experts have asked journalists to prioritize audit reporting as part of the efforts to undertake their responsibility of holding politicians to account on behalf of the citizens.
The establishment of the National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC), known as the National Ombudsman, is reminiscent of the Hutchins Commission in the United States of America (USA), and is a commendable effort by stakeholders in the Nigerian media to improve freedom of expression and simultaneously task media practitioners of their core responsibilities.