World Press Freedom Day: Governor Inuwa Tasks Journalists To Guard Against Fake News, Misinformation In Midst Of Social Media Impact

Governor Inuwa Yahaya

… Says His Government Will Continue To Support Free Flow Of Information, Create Safe And Secure Environment For Journalists

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will continue to work with journalists, as partners and critical allies, in his determination to entrench transparency, accountability and openness in governance in Gombe state.

The Governor stated this in his goodwill message to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on 3rd of May every year.

While making reference to the theme of this year’s celebration, “Journalism under digital siege” underscored the impact of the digital era on the freedom of the press, the security of journalists and access to information, advising them to guard against fake news and misinformation as well as ensure accurate and balanced reportage of events and activities,

He noted that despite obvious challenges and risks faced by journalists in this circumstance, they must continue to remain steadfast and avoid being used as tools in the hands of desperate politicians and mischief makers to cause distress and disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

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The governor said as watchdogs of the society and voice of the people, Journalists must continue to uphold the ethics of their profession by promoting the ideals of democracy, justice, accountability, peace and unity as well as updating the general public on developments around the world through their reportage and editorial policies.

He assured working journalists in the state that his administration will continue to support free flow of information and ensure pressmen are allowed to do their work in an atmosphere that is safe and secure.

Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director-General
( Press Affairs)
Government House
Gombe

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