The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Moses Ekpo has declared that the executive arm of government will soon send a bill to the legislature for a law to demand that all media houses in the state have functional and verifiable addresses.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2016 NUJ Press week held in Uyo on Monday.
Mr. Ekpo, himself a journalist and first Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom state maintained that this has become necessary to end the challenges people face when they decide to embark on a process of seeking redress through litigation when they are libeled by a media house.
Ekpo further said that it will help to check the high rate of quackery in the journalism profession because those without verifiable addresses will naturally be phased out.
Similarly, the Director General of AKBC, Mr. Anietie Ukpe while contributing at the second day of the Press Week at the Press Centre insisted that the law was long over-due in order to check the infiltration of the journalism profession by quacks.
He said “I have a personal experience in which I was libeled last year but I could not get redress because the address on the newspaper does not exist anywhere in the globe. If we allow this to continue, then more people will be injured by quacks in the profession and will not be able to get redress.”