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Yar’ Adua: NPAN backs media owners on acting president

NEWSPAPER Proprietors Association of Nigerian, NPAN, yesterday in Lagos, threw its weight behind the position of media owners in the country, that Vice President Goodluck Jonathan be appointed Acting President, pending the full recovery of ailing President Umaru Yar’ Adua, to save Nigeria from the present constitutional quagmire.

At the end of its 2009 Annual General Meeting, AGM, members also resolved to  continue to oppose attempt by the National Assembly to legislate on the operation of the free media by setting up a government dominated Press Council.

The association in a communique, said more than any other stakeholders of the Nigerian society, it desired that the Nigerian media should be credible and responsible to contribute positively to the development of the nation, hence it created the office of the Ombudsman to check abuses by media professionals and to allow members of the public to lodge complaints of perceived infringement by the media.

The communique read in part: “NPAN more than any other stakeholders of the Nigerian society, desires that the Nigeria media should be credible and responsible so as to contribute positively to the development of the nation.

“That is why the association recently created the office of the Ombudsman to check abuse by media practitioners and to allow members of the public to lodge complaints of perceived infringement by the media.”

“In view of this, we continue to be opposed to the attempt by the National Assembly to legislate on the operation of the free media by setting up a government dominated Press Council.

“The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees the right of every Nigerian to impact ideas and information, without interference.  It also mandates the press to hold the government accountable to the people.

“The Annual General Meeting also unanimously re-elected the current Executive Council for another two-year term.”


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