By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja
In the spirit of commemorating this year’s World Press Freedom Day, the Nigerian Police has pledged its support to members of the fourth estate, in tackling the challenges of misinformation, propagation of fake news, prevalence of hate speeches, rumour mongering as well as libelous and slanderous reporting.
Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mbah made the remark, while delivering an address at this year’s annual World Press Freedom Day Conference, organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Abuja.
Mbah also pledged the Forces commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of journalists as well as creating a synergy to improve the relationship between the pair.
Earlier, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Christopher Isibudo, stressed on the importance for media practitioners to be granted the highest level of security, while carrying out their responsibilities.
As part of the ceremony, songs of solidarity were chanted, while holding lit candles, in remembrance of journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The theme of the World Press freedom day 2019 which held in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is: ‘Media for democracy: Journalism and Election in Times of Disinformation’.