The Federal Government has described as inaccurate the recent survey by Reporters Without Borders that press freedom in Nigeria has been on sustained decline since 2015.
Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who reacted to report on Thursday, insisted that Muhammadu Buhari remains resolute to upholding the freedom of the press.
In a statement issued in Abuja to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2017, Mohammed said that despite the inaccurate and fake news saturating the media space, the Federal Government had not put a single journalist behind bars as a result of his or her professional conduct.
Mohammed said that even though there are reports that some states have been hard on some journalists and bloggers for alleged misconduct, it has not been the policy of this Federal Government to join issues with the media, because of its unflinching commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy, which include free press and freedom of speech.
The minister said that the recent incident involving the Punch Correspondent covering the State House was an aberration, adding that the speed with which the order barring the correspondent from the State House was reversed had lent credence to the fact that the government is not out to muzzle the press.
Mohammed recalled that the accreditation of the current Chairman of the State House Press Corps, Ubale Musa, which was withdrawn by the previous administration, was immediately restored upon the assumption of office by Buhari, in order to give the media unhindered access to the seat of power.