The Govt Secretary of the Nigerian Press Council, Henry Nwosu has defined the explanations for requesting funds for the registration of journalists and media homes
He stated the Council had needed to make use of the registration of journalists and media homes to generate funds, noting that it wants the licence charges of journalists and media homes to outlive with out relying on the federal authorities for help.
Recall that the federal authorities had tried to make use of the press council invoice to control the media.
In July 2021, the invoice, alongside others just like the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee invoice, was met with resistance from the press.
Nwosu disclosed this throughout finances defence organized by the committee on data, nationwide orientation, ethics and values.
It might be recalled that the chairman of the committee, Segun Odebunmi sponsored the draconian anti-media payments.
On the listening to on Wednesday, Mr Nwosu stated the “Journalists are to register with the council, have a licence to function. That manner we are able to have some funds for the coffers of the council. These are the concepts we’re considering may also help as an alternative of relying totally on the federal authorities for income; we are able to generate some quantity yearly from the registration of journalists and the registrations of media homes.”
He appealed to lawmakers to enact legal guidelines that may be certain that media homes and journalists are mandated to get registration from the council.
Odebunmi additional claimed the committee was dedicated to regulating the media, however the regulation will solely be a product of broad session with all of the stakeholders.
He careworn that the committee will get funding from the Home to embark on the session drive.
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