NUJ threatens to boycott coverage of political parties in Kwara
The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara State Council has threatened to withdraw coverage of political parties in the state if assault on its members by supporters of political parties and suspected thugs continue unabated.
The union which condemned in strong terms what it described as “unwarranted” assaults on some Journalists in the state in the last two weeks, stated that it will no longer tolerate such uncivilised acts by any group of persons, organisation, or institutions.
The affected Journalists included; Correspondents of Daily Trust Newspaper, Channels Television, TVC News, African Independent Television (AIT), Core TV and their cameramen in the state.
While the crew of the affected Television stations were attacked at the venue of the just concluded APC Governorship Primaries at Oko-Erin ward located at Ilorin Grammar School (IGS), Ilorin, Daily Trust Correspondent was reportedly assaulted at a rally organised by the supporters of one of the governorship aspirants.
The NUJ while reacting to the development in a statement in Ilorin by its state Chairman, Umar Abdulwahab and Secretary, Deacon Tayo Ayanda said, the reports received at its Secretariat indicated that no fewer than eight Journalists have suffered physical and emotional assaults in the hands of party supporters and suspected political thugs while carrying out their constitutional duties in the state.
It condemned any form of assault on its members and called on all political parties to caution their members.
The statement reads in “We want to state clearly that the leadership of the union vehemently frown at the situation whereby political thugs or their supporters would assault , brutaliz and molest our colleagues who are carrying out their constitutional duties.
“The action of the APC supporters is unacceptable for whatever reason, as the era of intimidation and harassment of journalists are over. The NUJ will no longer stand and fold its hands and watch its members being harassed by political thugs.
“We therefore call on APC leadership to call their members to order to forestall a re-occurrence of the act or else we shall have no option than to direct our members to stop all coverages of the party events”.
SIKIRAT SHEHU, Ilorin
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