Senate President Ahmad Lawan has felicitated with Nigerian journalists as they celebrate 2021 World Press Freedom Day.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja on Sunday, Lawan noted that May 3 was set aside to remind governments around the world of their obligation to facilitate and respect press freedom.
He said the commemoration of the day was also to remind journalists of the need to respect the ethics of their profession.
Lawan said he was proud that Nigeria has vibrant media that have always resolutely defended freedom of speech.
According to him, freedom of the press enables journalists to effectively discharge their roles as the watchdog of the society and Fourth Estate of the Realm.
“I also celebrate the Nigerian journalists for the invaluable contributions and sacrifices that they have made throughout our national history to nation-building and entrenchment of democracy.
“The leadership organs of the profession also need to adopt practical measures to check the activities of the purveyors of fake news.
“My belief is that the menace of fake news is capable of eroding the integrity and credibility of the media in general, and this should not be allowed to happen,” Lawan said.