Deal with us to manage social networks, Presidency prompts journalists
The federal government has called on the media industry to proffer media-driven options to social media obstacles, stating the ongoing review of media regulations is not planned to compromise it.
The Senior Unique Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, offered the recommendations on Sunday, at the Annual General Meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Press Corps in Abuja.
Mr Shehu, who highlighted the significance of social media to governance and social advancement, stated it had likewise become a bothersome platform that abused the rights of susceptible members of the society.
According to him, social networks has actually become a problem for numerous households because the rights of females and kids are being mistreated and there is a need to secure vulnerable members of the society.
“There is need to protect the minority, whether tribal or spiritual in our country.
“So, it makes sense that you as media stakeholders come around the Minister of Details and Culture and create the kind of policy you desire so that government will not be implicated of enforcing a regulative system on the media.
“The minister is saying come, sit down with me and let us talk about it. And I was informed that the day he called leaders of the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), they abandoned him.
“If that the report is real, I think it is very unfortunate. I think we need to come around and use media driven solutions so that at the end of it this country will have a vibrant and efficient social media interaction system.”Mr Shehu included that if a brand-new regulatory system on the media was accomplished, it would not drive kids to dependency, adding that it would also safeguard consumers of media material from harmful invasion.
The presidential aide urged media professionals to give severe factor to consider to these challenges.He said that they ought to see how the media in the country might collaborate with government to discover interaction solutions to what he explained as simply communication issue.
According to him, it is not political due to the fact that the government has no reason to weaken or damage the mass media.
“When you understand it, in a nation where the mass media is being reduced, where there is no flexibility of expression and details, you discover out that the media area tends to decline, it ends up being smaller sized, and media homes close down.
“But the paradox of what is taking place in the country is that while some civil society groups are sobbing here that the flexibility of expression is being threatened, the media area is broadening.
“And in any case, we understand why they are shouting due to the fact that they are trying to find donors abroad who will send out in U.S. dollars for the defense of hate speech, which generally is a selfish move.
“However in this nation, we are expanding the media space and the last time we did, we accredited about 300 radio stations.
“As I am speaking to you now, this administration is processing nearly 500 ask for radio stations.”Mr Shehu, therefore, kept in mind that the media could not be expanded, if it was being oppressed.
“A great deal of our colleagues, particularly editors who lose their tasks, set up a digital paper, and they are succeeding.
“Much of them are succeeding, which tells you that the media is not in any way constrained in carrying out its constitutional duties,” he said. (NAN)
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