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Buhari commends Premium Times publisher, Olorunyomi over CPJ award

NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended ace journalist and publisher of Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi over his being named among four others as the “year 2020 International Press Freedom Award, by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).”

Buhari said “the honour attests to Olorunyomi’s many decades of commitment to the ideals of journalism and freedom of the Press”, a presidency statement by his spokesman Femi Adesina said.

“Democracy and a free Press are kindred spirits, and that is what we have committed to as a government. It is, therefore, gratifying to hear of this award to one of our own,” President Buhari said.

Read the full statement below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONGRATULATES DAPO OLORUNYOMI, PREMIUM TIMES PUBLISHER ON PRESS FREEDOM AWARD

President Muhammadu Buhari lauds co-founder and publisher of Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi, on his being named one of the four awardees for year 2020 International Press Freedom Award, by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The President says the honour attests to Olorunyomi’s many decades of commitment to the ideals of journalism and freedom of the Press.

“Democracy and a free Press are kindred spirits, and that is what we have committed to as a government. It is, therefore, gratifying to hear of this award to one of our own,” President Buhari says.

He enjoins Olorunyomi to use the occasion of the award to recommit himself to all that is noble, fair and just in journalism, adding that a responsible media is part of the building blocks of a country.

The President reiterates that a free and responsible Press remains an abiding commitment of the Nigerian government, and urges the media to adhere to the finest tenets of the noble profession at all times.

Olorunyomi wins the CPJ award along with three other journalists from Bangladesh, Iran and Russia.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
July 18, 2020

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