INTERVIEW: How Nigerian university campuses can entrench press freedom

The National Union of Campus Journalists, Nigeria (NUCJ) in collaboration with Help Foundation hosted the Publisher of PREMIUM TIMES newspaper, Dapo Olorunyomi, to a Tweetchat on Sunday, to commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day 2021.

The chat was held on the NUCJ Twitter page to discuss the theme: ‘Resilient Campus Journalism: Key Element in Education Reform.’

Mr Olorunyomi is also the co-founder and CEO of PREMIUM TIMES, which today is one of the most trusted newspapers in Nigeria and a standard for African investigative journalism. He is the Board Chairman, National Union of Campus Journalists, Nigeria (NUCJ). Excerpts of the Tweetchat below:

NUCJ: What is your philosophy about Press Freedom?

Olorunyomi: First and foremost, that journalism serves to promote and defend core democratic values. It must serve as a people’s tribune against arbitrary power. It must give concrete consequences to the accountability of governing processes – political, cultural, economic.

On the second end of the question: our campuses incubate leaders of our country. So, inculcating traditions of freedom as part of their emergence is a multiplier force for the…

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