The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says the “Nigeria media is acknowledged as one of the freest in the world”.
The Minister stated this at the 39th Session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris, France capital on Tuesday.
In his contribution to a debate on “UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity”, the Minister said the “Nigerian Government does not engage in impunities against journalists and will never tolerate such”.
A conducive environment
Mohammed said that the freedom of the media had been further enhanced through the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, adding that government would continue to make efforts to further enable the media to serve the people better.
“This effort is intended not only to produce a robust and healthy media, but for the journalism profession to continue to thrive under a conducive environment.
“The right to Freedom of Information, commonly understood as the right to access information held by public offices, is now widely recognised in Nigeria as a fundamental human rights.
“By this act, the Nigerian Government is doing its utmost best to ensure accountability, transparency and openness,”’ he said.