The Federal Government will not try to regulate or control online publications, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured.
He said this when he met online publishers in Lagos, in continuation of his on-going consultation with stakeholders in the information and culture sector according to a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
Lai Mohammed said online publishers are responsible enough to regulate themselves.
“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 therefore advised all online publishers to ensure that they maintain credibility at all times.
He said while the number of online publications was bound to grow in the days ahead, only the credible ones would continue to enjoy patronage, either from the readers or from the advertisers.
He said it was in the interest of government that Online Publications continue to grow in number because the more the number of such online publications, the easier it becomes to bridge the information gap between the government and the governed, 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 added that, “All we ask for, in return, is that you provide accurate information to the people."