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MEDIA:  Press freedom is freedom for the society, by Cletus Opukeme

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FILE PHOTO: Frame of International free press

This is the true face of international journalism. There is no press freedom around the world. In Africa’s Nigeria, during former President Goodluck Jonathan, international media organizations.

According to global media report, Nigerian government under former Goodluck Jonathan’s reign adjudged  as one of the nations in the world with the best practice of freedom of information and guaranteed press freedom with total respect to human lives.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan was highly respected not just by his Presidential election victory conceding to his opponent President Muhammadu Buhari. But his respect by the international community was basically his respect for the rights of others, especially when section of the Nigerian media who were sponsored to carry out calculated bias reporting against former President Goodluck Jonahan with series of unprintable name calling and direct abuses. Many described him clueless President. Despite the provocation, he maintained his intergrity and respected the role of the media in modern democracy.

He had everything to deal with the opposition over the sponsored fake news published against him. Press freedom guarantees the rights of the citizenry. Freedom of the press is freedom of the society and former President Goodluck Jonathan, a democrat knew this salient role and responsibilities of the press and managed the press, both those paid to humiliate his administration,  private life and immediate family members•

 

Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 13 years in 2016 amid unprecedented threats to journalists and media outlets in major democracies and new moves by authoritarian states to control the media, including beyond their borders.

Only 13 percent of the world’s population enjoys a Free press—that is, a media environment where coverage of political news is robust, the safety of journalists is guaranteed, state intrusion in media affairs is minimal, and the press is not subject to onerous legal or economic pressures.

Forty-five percent of the population lives in countries where the media environment is Not Free. The world’s 10 worst-rated countries and territories were Azerbaijan, Crimea, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Turkmenistan, Nigeria in President Muhammadu Buhari’s reign and Uzbekistan. In Nigeria, DSS, SSS and Police have penciled several media houses to be raided, arrested and persecuted.  There is rampart disregard of court judgment as rights of individuals, including journalists are violated with impunity.

There is a gang called cabal in Nigeria’s presidential villa Aso Rock who are hellishly bent to crush the opposition and muzzle the press. At this moment, several journalists and opposition political party members who criticized Buhari’s administration are suffering in various torture centers without trial.

Politicians in democracies such as Poland and Hungary shaped news coverage by undermining traditional media outlets, exerting their influence over public broadcasters, and raising the profile of friendly private outlets.

United States President Donald Trump disparaged the press, rejecting the news media’s role in holding governments to account for their words and actions.(…to be continued)

 

Cletus Opukeme, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Daily Watch www.dailywatchng.org. He is a student of Data journalism/Media Standard in one of the best foreign Universities through Alison educational center, Ireland United Kingdom.

 

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