The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the Federal Government has no plan to regulate online publications, adding that the publishers are responsible enough to regulate themselves.
Speaking with online publishers in Lagos on Friday, the minister however told the publishers to ensure that they maintain credibility.
“If the online publications suffer credibility problems, they stand the risk of losing the confidence of their readers and the advertisers who provide the lifeblood for the publications’ survival,” he said.
According to the minister, it is in the interest of the government that Online Publications continue to grow in number.
He said that the government was well aware of the fact that the more the number of online publications, the easier it becomes to bridge the information gap between the government and the people, and the easier it becomes for the government to carry the citizens along in the formulation and implementation of policies that touch on their lives.
He said, “All we ask for, in return, is that you provide accurate information to the people, and avoid sensationalism and partisanship.”