3rd May, 2017
Mrs Rosemary Archibong, the Cross River Commissioner for Information, has commended the media in the state for their objective reporting of government’s policies and programmes.
Archibong gave the commendation on Wednesday in Calabar during the commemoration of this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
She described the relationship between the government and the media in the state as very cordial.
“I must commend you for your objective reportage of government programmes.
“This administration has operated under a media-friendly environment and this has allowed for a smooth running of government.
“The press has done so much to achieve unhindered democracy both in the state and Nigeria at large ’’.
The commissioner said that the celebration of World Press Freedom Day was unique due to the critical role of the press in the development of any democracy.
She enjoined the media to push harder to ensure the freedom of the judiciary, stressing that freedom of the press could not be guaranteed if the judiciary was not free.
Archibong said that the theme of this year’s celebration: “Critical minds for critical times; Media role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies”, was apt.
He congratulated Nigerian journalists for nurturing democracy and urged them to continue to keep faith with the country and always strive to report events that would unite the country.