Nigerian Government under the leadership of President Mohammed Buhari will not regulate online media in the country as that would undermine freedom of internet.
Speaking on Friday when he met with Online Publishers in Lagos, in continuation of his ongoing consultation with key stakeholders in the Information and Culture sector, Government’s chief image maker, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, assured that the federal government will not regulate Online media as anyone dishing out information to the internet should responsible enough to regulate themselves.
He however told the publishers to ensure that they maintain their credibility, saying: ”If the online publications suffer credibility problems, they stand the risk of losing the confidence of their readers and the advertisers who provide the lifeblood for the publications’ survival”.
”because the more the number of such online publications, the easier it becomes to bridge the information gap between the government and the governed, and the easier it becomes for the government to carry the citizens along in the formulation and implementation of policies that touch on their lives”.
According to him, the number of online publications is bound to grow in the days ahead, only the credible ones will continue to enjoy patronage, either from the readers or from the advertisers.
He said it was in the interest of government that Online Publications continue to grow in number
The Minister promised that the Federal Government would patronize the Online Publications through adverts, saying: ”All we ask for, in return, is that you provide accurate information to the people, and avoid sensationalism and partisanship.”
He sought the Publishers’ support to ensure the success of the various campaigns that have either being launched or are about to be launched by the Federal Government.