…Launches News Bulletin
…Says Press Freedom Not The Same AS Antagonizing, Sabotaging, Using Social Media To Cause Disaffection
The Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) Bayelsa State, James Sunday, has said that press freedom is not the same as antagonism, sabotaging or using the social media or other forms of traditional media print, radio and television to cause disaffection, disorderliness and erode confidence of citizens in government.
He said this while celebrating the World Press Freedom Day on May 3 at the Command yesterday.
Sunday James, a former Head of NIS Public Relations Unit called on Nigerians to understand the need to respect the rights of others and responsibilities to government as patriotic citizens.
He further explained that Press Freedom is not the same thing as publishing or broadcasting unethical and unprofessional write ups against governments, entities; private or public and individuals.
He noted that Freedom of Press means journalists working in line with other laws governing the freedom of information and liberal information dissemination under a condition that makes information flow with ease and seamless without the author, publisher being harassed, cowed or made to play ‘sit down and look’ instead of speaking truth to power and acting as 4th estate of the realm.
The World Press Freedom was celebrated by the NIS Bayelsa State Command with the launch of its maiden Bulletin tagged ‘NIS Bayelsa State Command News Bulletin’.
The Bulletin according to the Comptroller contains news on NIS operations and administration in Bayelsa State.
The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 every year World Press Freedom Day.
The Press Freedom Day is observed to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in Windhoek in 1991.
The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is, “Journalism Under Digital Siege”