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Why National Assembly Can’t Gag Media – Senate

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The Nigerian Senate has maintained that it is impossible for the 9th National Assembly to stiffen the media in Nigeria.

The Spokesperson for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, stated this while peaking to newsmen at the sidelines of a two-day capacity-building training for Media Aides to Principal Officers of the National Assembly, organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja on Monday.

Senator Basiru stated that NASS current amendments to the acts which established the National Broadcasting Commission and the Nigerian Press Council were not targetted at gagging the media.

He said the amendments to the acts and other relevant laws should not be misinterpreted as an attempt to gag the freedom of speech and free press in the country.

“The freedom of speech is an inalienable right of the people and effectively captured in the 1999 Constitution,” Basiru said.

“There is the need to ensure that some regulations are put in place to prevent reckless and irresponsible use of such rights as had been exhibited by a few media establishments and individuals in recent times in the country.

“The current attempt to amend the NBC Act and the NPC acts is to improve and sanitise and not to stiffen the civic space.”

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