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‘Politicians having negative influence on Nigerian journalists’


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A veteran broadcaster, Dele Tomori, on Monday, said that some politicians are having negative influence on journalists in the country.

Mr Tomori, who is the Station Manager, of Orisun 89.5 FM, Oke-Tase, Ile-Ife, Osun, stated this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ile-Ife, Osun on this year’s World Press Freedom Day.

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NAN reports the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day is: “Information as a Public Good.”

Mr Tomori said that owing to the negative influence, many journalists had found it difficult to speak truth to power and discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the dictates of the profession.

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“Some journalists have become highly partisan in the discharge of their responsibilities, thus making their news judgment and reportage to be subjective,” he stated.

The veteran broadcaster urged journalists to always say the truth, no matter the circumstance, in the general interest of the people.

Mr Tomori, while congratulating media practitioners on this year’s day, implored them not to allow themselves to be compromised by any politician, for their selfish interest.

He also appealed to government to pay more attention to the welfare of journalists to enhance efficiency.

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Mr Tomori called for strict enforcement of the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of expression that would give room for journalists to say the truth without any fear of molestation.

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He called for the regulation of social media contents in the larger interest of the country.


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