FG has nothing to do with arrest of Premium Times Publisher, Reporter – Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government will not do anything to stifle press freedom, be­cause it is keenly aware that a free press is vital to the success of any democracy, the Minis­ter of Information and Cul­ture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
In a statement in released recently, the Minister said the federal government has noth­ing to do with the recent arrest of Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Pub­lisher of the online newspaper Premium Times, and a report­er working for the paper, Ms. Evelyn Okakwu.
He said the whole issue of the journalists’ arrest is pure­ly a private affair involving a citizen and a privately-owned newspaper, and wondered how that could now be construed as an attempt by the government to intimidate the press.
‘’We have said it before and we want to re-state it: The Fed­eral Government has no imme­diate or long-term plan to stifle press freedom.
Even the Social Media, with its warts and all, will neither be regulated nor have its oper­ations tampered with,’’ Alhaji Mohammed assured Nigerians.

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