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NPAN condemns action against freedom of expression, free speech

By: dayan (M) |Time : December 10, 2020, 04:07:17 AM
The Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has urged  the Federal Government to make a conscious effort to revive the newsprint factories in Nigeria in order to improve the health of the newspaper business and paper industry.

It also called on the government to take the newspaper business as educational venture and grant zero tariff on operational materials to promote education.

The NPAN reminded the media of its constitutional and civic duty to hold the government accountable to the people. It frowned at encroachment on freedom of the press and free speech, especially by state actors and urged resistance, through all legitimate means, to any infringement.

NPAN holds that the right to protest is a fundamental human rights that must be guaranteed by the government in such  a way as to stave off violence.

The association also resolved to give attention to media education in Nigeria and support the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) to achieve the stated objective for its establishment, including an upgrade to a degree awarding media training institution in the future.

NPAN asked the Federal Government to rise up to its responsibilities of protecting life and property by stamping out terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

It tasked the Federal Government to step up its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by making aggressive effort to procure the vaccines from whatever sources as may be available and vaccinate Nigerians against the deadly disease.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, has been elected new president of NPAN.

Also elected at the annual general meetings were Lady Maiden Ibru, chairman, Guardian Press Limited (deputy president); Mohammed Idris, chairman, Blueprint Newspapers (secretary) and Mr. Wale Edun,  chairman, The Nation (treasurer).  Others elected were Mrs. Nwadiuto Iheakanwa, MD, Champion Newspapers (publicity secretary), Fidelis Anosike,  chairman, Daily Times of Nigeria (assistant secretary) and as ex-officio members, Ray Ekpu, Sam Nda-Isaiah, chairman, Leadership Newspapers and Dennis Sami, chairman, Nigerian Pilot.  Prince Obaigbena joined Mr. Sam Amuka, chairman, Vanguard Newspapers and Segun Osoba as patron.

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Re: NPAN condemns action against freedom of expression, free speech

By: dayan (M) |Time : December 10, 2020, 04:15:10 AM
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NPAN holds that the right to protest is a fundamental human rights that must be guaranteed by the government in such  a way as to stave off violence.

Free speech is the very foundation of a peaceful society.
When people are not able to speak freely, they resort to self help.

If the Boko Haram people were allowed free speech from the beginning, they would have simply become like other nonviolent agitators in Nigeria. Today, nobody really knows how to engage them in dialogue. You have to now defeat them at the battlefield now, and it has not been easy.

I repeat, the foundation of a peaceful society is FREE SPEECH.
Western countries understand this and guards it. Third world countries still don't understand it, and they destroy their countries in the process of gagging free speech.

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