Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representative, on Wednesday, stated that the struggle and sacrifices of the Nigerian media paved way for today's democracy in the country.
He made this statement at the launch of the Green Chamber Magazine and official lapel pin of the House of Representative in Abuja.
He said, “I can say with absolute confidence, that this our democratic settlement could never have been achieved without the noble daring of the press. Those unsung heroes who understood the power of the written word and wielded it in passionate denunciation of the tyranny that sought to consume us all.
“I am now, as I always have been, a passionate believer in the value of a free and unfettered press. I am also, am an unrepentant advocate of quality and honest journalism.
Today, there are others, who have themselves discovered the power of the word to inform and enlighten, to motivate and inspire, and have continued in that noble tradition of holding the powerful to account.
“They operate within a media environment that too often chooses instead to elevate the voices of charlatans and digital arsonists who exploit the democracy of the internet to spread fake news for clicks and profit and in service of base agendas.”
He further added that the Green Magazine is a platform to showcase the practice of true journalism, that is in the best interest of the people.
"We have come here to show that in spite of the economic pressures brought on by the advancements in new media, it is still possible to do journalism with integrity, eschewing the false promise of clickbait headlines and fake news editorials.
“The Green Chamber magazine is not a propagandist outlet. Our service to the people who elected us is not enabled in any way by having at our beck and call, a media outfit that exists to massage our egos and tell us what we want to hear.
“Public service always benefits from being held to impartial account. Any public service conducted in secrecy is suspect.
“The vision for the Green Chamber Magazine is that through this platform, the 9th House of Representatives may contribute to the enthronement of a journalistic tradition that is grounded in the ideals of honest reporting and focused on making real the old promise of open government.
Therefore, I want all of reporters, researchers, writers and contributors who will work to produce this magazine, to go out there with the absolute mandate to seek truth without fear, to exercise good judgment always, and to act continuously in the best interests of the Nigerian people. Rest assured of my support and that of my colleagues in the House."