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Nigerian media undermining its watchdog role – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the Nigerian media is undermining its watchdog function by participating in some actions stopping it from holding energy to account.

The Minister acknowledged this on Tuesday in Abuja at an interactive session of the twenty seventh Nigerian Financial Summit with the subject, “The Fourth Property – Holding Energy Accountable’’.

“Immediately, it’s not unusual to have media organizations maintain annual award ceremonies. Normally, their awardees are high officers of the identical authorities they’re supposed to carry accountable.

“Such awards embody Governor or Governors of the Yr; Minister or Ministers of the Yr; Politician or Politicians of the Yr. Let’s even neglect the truth that the standards for giving such awards are doubtful, at finest.

“Let’s neglect that a few of these awardees assist the awarding organizations in a single kind or the opposite, particularly throughout the awards.

“To what extent can such media organizations maintain their awardees, most of them high officers of presidency in any respect ranges, accountable?

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“Is that this not antithetical to the watchdog function prescribed for the press within the Structure?’’.

The Minister additionally recognized the engagement of partisan media males to anchor delicate programmes as one other issue stopping the fourth property to carry energy to account.

“For instance, there’s a nationwide tv station right here on this nation that has, as certainly one of its anchors, a partisan, a recognized opposition get together man.

“Sure, the mentioned anchor can be a journalist. However what sort of objectivity can we count on from such an Anchor? Irrespective of how skilled he seeks to be, his partisanship will at all times be a blur.

“Can such Anchor or his medium be trusted to objectively maintain energy accountable?’’ he queried.

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