Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has described media-government synergy as a critical factor in ensuring transparency and good governance.
Malami made this known when a delegation from Daar Communications Plc (owners of AIT and Ray power) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on
Friday 31st January, 2020.
*The Minister (3rd right), his Special Assistant (3rd left) and the delegation from Daar Communications Plc*
This is contained in a statement signed by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday 31st of January 2020.
Malami observed that government and media have responsibilities in ensuring socially responsible and people-oriented governance through promoting checks and balances as well as enhancing national integration.
The Minister emphasized the imperatives of striking balance in media
freedom and government control of the media said that “no country in the world operates an absolute media freedom”.
Malami noted that governments of many countries in the world seek to regulate the media with a view to ensuring peaceful co-existence and
to guard against the spread of falsehood, fake news, hate speech, mistrust and other vices that could divide nations.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Daar Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi
(junior) explained that in a functional democracy the relationship
between the media and government cannot be over emphasized.
He added that the media remains one of the foremost participants in shaping opinion and setting agenda for many countries.
TheChairman Daar Communications Plc noted further that the menace of hate speech and fake news which he said have become global problems where communities in the world have been earnestly struggling findings solution to.
According to Dokpesi, in Nigeria today there are bills before the
National Assembly aimed at regulating fake news and hate speech addingt Daar Group is organizing a townhall meeting on the matter.
While submitting an official letter of invitation to the Minister to occasion which Dokpesi described as non-partisan and non-political.
He noted that the townhall provides vista of opportunity for the Minister as the Chief Law Officer of the Country to give insights on critical matters relation to media regulations in the country.