By Rotimi Famakin
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day, there is a need for the judicial arm of the government to truly remain independent and deliver judgements that promote press freedom in the country.
A senior lecturer at the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Dr Francis Amenaghawon stated this while speaking with Radio Nigeria on this year’s World Press Freedom Day in Ibadan.
Dr Amenaghawon explained that the judicial arm of government which remained the last hope of the press and the common man still lacked freedom and this had not given way to press freedom as expected in the country.
The don lamented that men of pen profession who were still being gagged owing to authoritarian governance that failed to acknowledge citizens’ right to information, still approach the same government for assistance.
Dr Amenaghawon appealed to journalists in the country to eschew the culture of relying on the government for funds so as to fully exist as the fourth estate of the realm.
The theme for World Press Freedom Day 2023, set by UNESCO, is “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as a Driver for all other human rights”.