World Press Freedom Day 2024: Nigeria's journalists deserve recognition for their role in shaping a better future

Dr. Solomon Arase

By Rose Moses

On World Press Freedom Day 2024, celebrated globally on May 3, 2024, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission and retired Inspector General of Police, Dr. Solomon Arase, emphasized the importance of recognizing and celebrating the efforts of Nigerian journalists in shaping a better future for the nation.

Dr. Arase, a CFR, made this call while speaking at the World Press Freedom Day celebration. He highlighted the crucial role that Nigerian journalists play in sustaining the country's democracy, which is still in its early stages. 

The retired Inspector General of Police emphasized that these journalists deserve the support and encouragement of every Nigerian, as they continue to work tirelessly to ensure the growth and development of the nation.

Dr. Arase's remarks underscore the significance of World Press Freedom Day, which aims to promote and protect the rights of journalists worldwide. The day serves as a reminder of the importance of a free and independent press in fostering transparency, accountability, and good governance. 

It also acknowledges the challenges and risks that journalists face in their pursuit of truth and justice.

Arase therefore praised the sacrifices and pains journalists go through in the discharge of their duties and called for a better working environment for members of the Fourth Estate of Realm.

The World Press Freedom Day with theme; "A Press for the Planent: Journalism in the face of the environmental crisis, is dedicated to the importance of journalism and freedom of expression in the current global crisis.

It is celebrated on May 3 every year to commemorate the fundamental principles of the press and to honour world journalists. 

The day stresses the importance of a free and independent press and promotes the freedom of expression in the world.

In a press release, Saturday, May 4, 2024 and signed by Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations unit of the PSC, Arase expressed happiness that “Nigeria is one of the few nation's in the world that runs a wholly free press and freedom of expression.” He said the present federal government has ensured that the media and its practitioners have enjoyed not only freedom but support and encouragement in the discharge of its duties. 

He said he has personally maintained a close and rewarding relationship with the media throughout his working career and has not only sustained it at the Commission but improved on it.

Dr. Arase said he sees the Media as a veritable partner in progress and advised that they should reciprocate government's good gesture and contribute to national development. 
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