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Prestige Newspaper celebrates 28 years of excellence, objectivity

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Prestige Newspaper a frontline tabloid based in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital with an online version widely read, last Sunday celebrated some eminent personalities in the society.

The publisher, an icon of journalism and doyen of pen profession, Dada Olanipekun while speaking at the event which was held at Iwe-Iroyin hall of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oke Ilewo , Abeokuta while welcoming guests to the event, appraised the journey so far since Prestige Newspaper berth in Abeokuta 28 years ago.

He said the paper in spite of his objectivity and hard stance against inhuman treatment, has not received any knock for misinformation.

He attributed this to the philosophy of the newspaper of getting its facts right before publishing.

Speaking on national issues, Dada Olanipekun condemned the proposed hate speech bill by the National Assembly describing it draconian and attempt to gag the media from expressing its fundamental human rights.

Olanipekun  equally lampooned the Department of State Security (DSS) for alleged disobedience to rule of law and court order, stressing that when the law enforcement agencies disobey rule of law, it portend greater danger to the nascent democracy.

"The DSS especially are expected to obey the rule of law because when the rule of law is broke by the law enforcement, there's possibility for anarchy.

"On the Hate Speech Bill, how can you say a bill to send us to 100years in jail should be encouraged. It is too draconian. It is a wrong bill. This is democracy, we don't want to be gag unreasonably. We put the politicians in power not to intimidate us, but to protect our fundamental human rights".

He, also called on the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade to release Agba Jalingo, who was detained for criticising his government.

In one of the lectures at the event, the General manager of Ogun State Television, OGTV, Bashorun Festus Kehinde described community media as powerful agents of social change, used to mobilise the populace in supporting government and commercial development projects.

Bashorun Kehinde noted that, community media are key agents of participatory development, stressing that they are used to enlighten people, with the provision of timely and relevant information, concerning their socio-political environment and sustaining cultural values.

"The role of the community media in Rwanda was identified as the major catalyst for the ethnic cleansing and genocide that threatened the very existence of that nation in 1994.

"No wonder there was a major outcry in Nigeria when it was proposed that a community radio be established to control activities of nomadic herdsmen who frequently clashed with farmers in their quest before pasture for their herds. Herein lies the dangerous roles of community media when not properly controlled.

"In contemporary world, such element of the power of the media has become more entrenched in the minds of people and has also advanced in terms of practice and in the various options available for people's consumption.

"We have identified that community media play alternative, oppositional, participatory and collaborative roles in our national development," he said.