Communication In Peacekeeping In Africa: The West African Experience
Press freedom was one of the most prominent, but thorny issues discussed in media and in government circles in the zo' century. The discussions dwelt on what should be accepted as the best definition of press freedom as well as the orbit within which it should operate. The discussions, nay, debate never got to adefinitive compromise. Thepress, unfortunately though, was on receiving side, with lawmakers always ready to hand down gagging laws cum judgments at the slightest provocation ofany (highlyplaced) person.
The debate rages on. This work is, therefore, an effort to revisit the debate, with the view to providing update on it and proffering lasting solutions to theyet seeming debacle. Press laws, press freedom and the ingredients ofpressfreedom are duly highlighted. Thepicture painted is that of the suitable environment for entrenching meaningful freedom for media men and how to bring in the lawsfor equally meaningful control onpress activities.
Lawmakers and indeed government ought to recognize theprofessional status of the press. They should make adequate legal provisions to protect thepress from the extremities and dangers of some laws as well as the excesses, and I dare say vagaries, ofjudicial interpretations. The above is a necessary condition for effective administration ofjustice in any democratic society