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Malami criticizes media on anti-corruption war

Malami criticizes media on anti-corruption war

Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has criticised some media practitioners in Nigeria for being “the most catastrophic setback for the war against corruption” and “their unholy association with corrupt elements in the society.”

In a speech at Chatham House in London, the minister said “intellectual prostitution by certain media practitioners” had resulted in “a fundamental gap in the media contribution to the anti-corruption war in Nigeria.”

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He lamented that the duty of a media practitioner who is in an unholy relationship with corrupt elements” was to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to vilify the innocent and fawn at the feet of the corrupt, to the extent of selling his country and his conscience for his daily bread.”

He said, “These attitudes, no doubt, negate the ethics of journalism built on a pillar that a journalist must never allow himself to be used as a tool and vassal of the corrupt behind the scene as a jumping jack dancing at the instance of a corrupt piper for a fee in the sustenance of corruption and corrupt practices.”

The minister, who stressed the important role of the media in sensitising the public to a “new narrative of the need for probity in public life” appealed to practitioners to pay more attention to independent investigative journalism, employing the benefit of the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Government Initiative.

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