Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday declared open the 2018 International Press Institute World Congress with a call on journalists worldwide to address the menace of fake news and hate speech for the good of humanity.
“It is satisfying, therefore, that you have chosen an appropriate theme for your conference: Why Good Journalism Matters: Quality Media for Strong Societies.
“In a world where the borderline between hate speech and free speech has become blurred, good journalism matters. In an environment where fake news dwarfs investigative reporting, Good Journalism Matters. For survival in an increasingly competitive field, Good Journalism Matters. Good journalism promotes Good Governance,’’ he said.
The President therefore urged participants to give depth to the topic in their discussions and conclusions.
According to the President, Nigeria experiences that scourge through Boko Haram, which has been technically degraded and has no territorial hold anywhere, anymore, in its northeast operational base.
He said that the Internally Displaced Persons were gradually returning to their communities in reasonable safety and security.
He said: “It is a reflection of your assessment of Nigeria as a safe country that you gave the country the hosting right for this conference.
“As you have seen since your arrival, you made a wise and right choice.
“It is the first time in the 68 years history of the media’s premier platform for press freedom that editors, media executives and leading journalists would gather in this country for its World Congress and General Assembly.
“Nigeria is most honoured to host you.’’
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