NUJ Warns Desperate Politicians Over Assault On Media


The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has warned desperate politicians to desist from carrying out attacks on media practitioners, describing Sunday attacks on the Kaduna NUJ Press Centre as frightening.

In a statement signed by the National Secretary of the NUJ, Shuaibu Usman Leman, the union noted, “Political thugs sponsored by some dangerously reckless members of a political party invaded the Press Centre, venue of a press briefing by some APC members of the National Assembly and attacked both journalists and politicians, destroying media equipment and inflicting bodily harm on some journalists.

“We regret to note that Kaduna State is ingloriously attaining notoriety as the deadliest state for journalists in Nigeria to operate with harassment of journalists and increased repression of press freedom. As professionals whose responsibility is to monitor governance and hold government accountable to the masses, journalists now live in perpetual fear of being arrested by security operatives or attacked by faceless assailants without any just cause.”

Describing press freedom as a vital tool in attaining credible democracy, the NUJ said such freedom “includes the right to seek and receive information from all available sources to enable formulation of proper opinions to whomsoever one desires and to do so through whichever means it is feasible to communicate. Such attacks we believe are meant to curtail such freedoms.

“In the light of these unabated attacks and intimidation of journalists, we call once more on the police and other agents of the State, to immediately prioritize issues of security and safety of journalists not only in Kaduna State but throughout the country as critical components of their programs.”

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