NGE urges FG to make newsprint, other media consumables tax free.
Written by News Room on May 3, 2022
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has called on the federal government to make newsprint, broadcast equipment and all other consumables in the media sector tax free.
It made the call in a statement on Monday, signed by its President, Mustapha Isah and the General Secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, to mark the World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3.
The NGE said that a free and independent media that could keep the people informed and hold leaders accountable was essential for a strong and sustainable democracy, including free and fair elections.
The Guild saluted journalists, pro-media rights groups and others who had remained resolute in the defence of press freedom and independent press in the country.
It said that its ongoing Town Hall Meeting and Capacity Training Programme for editors in the six geo-political zones – being sponsored by the US Embassy in Nigeria, had also provided a huge opportunity to remind its members about the ethical values of journalism practice and the need to strictly adhere to those values.