Journalists Declare Media Blackout On Kano Govt

Journalists Declare Media Blackout On Kano Govt
  • PublishedJune 11, 2024

The Correspondent Chapel of the Kano State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has disclosed that it will be boycotting all activities related to the Kano State Government, effective immediately.

The Chairman of the chapel, Aminu Ahmed Garko, said this was due to the persistent and unacceptable maltreatment his members faced from the state government and its agents while discharging their primary assignments.

Garko had on Monday, summoned an emergency congress meeting where the decision was unanimously taken.

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The resolution reads: “Despite our efforts to engage with the government and its officials to address these issues, we have seen no improvement in the situation.

“Members of the chapel continue to face harassment, intimidation, and even physical assault while performing their duties.

“It is particularly concerning that the government has prioritized non-professionals over trained journalists, making it a state policy to sideline those who are best equipped to handle the job.

“As a result, we regret to announce that we will no longer participate in press conferences, cover government events, or conduct interviews with state officials until we see a tangible commitment to press freedom and the safety of journalists.”

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The chapel urged all members to comply with this directive and join in the protest against the ill-treatment of members in Kano State.

“We believe that a free and independent press is essential to a functioning democracy, and we will not stand idly by while our members are mistreated and intimidated,” the resolution concluded.

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