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Freedom of expression has been identified as citizens’ inalienable right as well as an essential ingredient for the rule of law, transparency and good democratic governance.
This view was expressed by the Director/Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Nigeria, Mallam Habib A. Jato, in his goodwill message delivered at the World Press Freedom Day on Friday 3rd May, 2013 at the Rockview Hotel, Wuse, Abuja.
Mallam Jato commended UNESCO and all stakeholders in the media sector for bringing to the front burner, the imperative of worldwide press freedom.
He noted that press freedom is central to the ideals of fundamental human rights, pointing out that media freedom encompasses the freedom to hold and express opinions without interference as well as the right to seek, receive and share information.
He lamented the incessant molestation, torture, wanton incarceration and murder of media practitioners.
Mallam Jato said that National Library of Nigeria would always identify with the media since the duo are involved in the tasks of educating the citizenry, information sharing and dissemination.
Also speaking, the Honourable Ministrer of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, said the recent passage of Freedom of Information Bill (FOIB) by the National Assembly gives Nigerian Media the unrestricted freedom to information. He also advised journalists to keep to the ethics of their profession.