26 April 2013

Nigeria: Arrest of Leadership Journalists, a Siege On the Media - NUJ

The national leadership the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has decried what appears as an emerging repressive media environment in Nigeria, citing the recent arrest of four journalists of the LEADERSHIP Newspaper, saying that "the union viewed their arrest as a siege on the media."

The union described the development as undemocratic and vowed not shy away from its responsibility of protecting the interests of journalists in the country, even as he advised journalists to carry out their duties in line with the ethics of the profession.

The NUJ stand was contained in a 14-point communiqué issued at the end of a three-day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union held at Umuahia between April 22 and 24, 2013, during which the NEC- in- session deliberated extensively on the state of the union and that of the nation.

The communique expressed strong concern over the deteriorating security situation in the country, and asked the federal government to do everything possible to stem the tide.

The federal government has already set up a committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of the security challenges which it gave a marching order to find solution to the Boko Haram insurgency with a view to granting them amnesty.

In the communiqué read by the NUJ President, Mohammad Garba, NEC noted that the security of life and property of Nigerians was paramount, hence the federal government must address the security challenges across the country. The NUJ President explained that aside the Boko Haram insurgency in the north, there were other security challenges like armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of criminality being experienced in other parts of the country.

On the Good Governance Tour, the highest decision making organ of the NUJ stoutly defended the project.

It stated that its position was "based on the conviction that the tour was a genuine assessment of projects executed by different sate governments in the country and not as a jamboree as being alleged from certain quarters."

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