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Femi Fani Kayode Apologies For Calling Daily Trust Reporter ‘Stupid’ – Daily Watch Press

The former Minister of Aviation and PDP self appointed mouthpiece, Femi Fani-Kayode in a statement issued today apologized for insulting and harassing Daily Trust Reporter, Mr Eyo Charles on Thursday during a Press Conference at a hotel in Calabar.

“I met with my advisors till late last night and I wish to say the following. I hereby withdraw the word “stupid” which I used in my encounter with a journalist in Calabar.

I have many friends in the media who I offended by losing my cool and using such words. I hereby express my regrets for doing so.”

Fani-Kayode further said:

“I do however wish to state categorically that no threat of physical harm was ever made to the journalist in question and neither did I send anyone to threaten him. Anyone that says otherwise is lying and I challenge them to bring the proof.

I would never seek to physically harm a journalist. For the last 30 years I have defended and worked with journalists and fought for the right of freedom of expression.”

“I am also very close to many in that profession. I would be the last to seek to disparage those that are honorable and noble within its ranks.

I hope that this will assuage the pain and anger of anyone that was hurt or offended by this ugly episode. I have now put this matter behind me and moved on. Now my tour of the South continues. Moving to yet another state today!” He concluded.

President Buhari Congratulates Premium Times Publisher On Award

Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, The Publisher of Premium Times, Nigeria.

In a statement released by Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, yesterday 18th July, 2020. Mr. President congratulated the publisher of Premium Times, Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi.

The statement reads:

“President Muhammadu Buhari lauds co-founder and publisher of Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi, on his being named one of the four awardees for year 2020 International Press Freedom Award, by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The President says the honour attests to Olorunyomi’s many decades of commitment to the ideals of journalism and freedom of the Press.

“Democracy and a free Press are kindred spirits, and that is what we have committed to as a government. It is, therefore, gratifying to hear of this award to one of our own,” President Buhari says.”

“He enjoins Olorunyomi to use the occasion of the award to recommit himself to all that is noble, fair and just in journalism, adding that a responsible media is part of the building blocks of a country.

The President reiterates that a free and responsible Press remains an abiding commitment of the Nigerian government, and urges the media to adhere to the finest tenets of the noble profession at all times.

Olorunyomi wins the CPJ award along with three other journalists from Bangladesh, Iran and Russia.”He concluded.

Speaker House Reps Urge Journalists To Be truthful in your reportage

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has tasked journalists to always be truthful in their reportage, which he said would promote good governance.

Speaking during the inauguration of the newly elected officials of the House of Representatives Press Corps on Thursday at the National Assembly, Gbajabiamila said journalists must contribute to the well-being of the society through their coverage.

The Speaker said journalists have the capacity to shape different narratives in the society, hence the need to be truthful.

He also tasked journalists to ensure balanced and objective reportage to avoid being one-sided, saying doing so would enhance the business of news reporting.

He said when Nigerians read stories that are not true, the media would lose credibility.

He admonished the newly elected officials of the House Press Corps to always remember their oath of office in carrying out their functions.

He said the leadership of the House under hin would ensure a conducive environment for all journalists covering the activities of the House.

He challenged journalists to do away with the bad eggs among them, which he said could be found in any institution or profession.

“We talk about reforms here and there; there has to be reform in your work too. Just recently, we had people from the media come and apologised for false reporting.

“You have the potential of even killing your business in a newspaper house, because in a society if you’re sued, that’s the end of your job. So, what does it pay anybody, knowing especially that the story you’re publishing is false?

“My own is an admonition, and there’s nothing wrong with admonition. Get me right, we want you to report the truth. Whether it is negative or not, one thing is just to make sure it’s the truth. Whether it goes against the House, it goes against the Senate, it doesn’t matter. But let it be the truth,” he said.

The newly sworn-in chairman of the corps, Grace Ike, in her remark, thanked the Speaker for attending the inauguration.

She said as journalists, they would always ensure that their reports are truthful, balanced and objective.

Signed:
Lanre Lasisi,
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives,
Federal of Nigeria