Press Council Bill: Presidency, Reps Set To ‘Ground’ Newspapers

House of Representatives says its amendment into the National Press Council Bill is to reform the council for efficiency and service delivery.

Chairman House Committee on Information, Culture and National Orientation, Mr. Olusegun Odebunmi stated this in Abuja, while reacting to the public outcry that the proposed amendment was to restrict freedom of expression.

Mr. Odebunmi explained that contrary, the current NPC Acts was not friendly to the media which informed the decision for amendment to conform to the global best practices.

The lawmaker who expressed concern over the non-performance of the Nigerian Press Council, explained that the proposed amendment to the bill will add value to the operations of the council.

In the proposed amendment journalists and media house can be fined two hundred and fifty thousand Naira and ten million Naira by the Nigerian Press Council for any violations of the act.

IBRAHIM SHEHU

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