NUJ worries that it has become soft targed for Govt, protesters
The Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) has expressed concern that the Union as journalists and media organisations have become soft targets of attack by both Government and even protesters.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National President of the Union Chris Isiguzor in Abuja on Monday where he condemned the unending assault on the Media.
He said, “The decision by industry regulator, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to penalise Arise Television, Channels Television and AIT over what it alleges as unprofessional coverage of the #EndSARS protests across the country further exposes the nation’s anti-democratic tendencies.
“Rather than trying to muzzle the media, we suggest that the NBC should applaud media coverage of the protests and the professionalism of Journalists who despite the enormous risks to their lives ensured a comprehensive coverage of the protests.”
He observed that despite all its perceived short comings, the media remains the most viable tool for good governance and democracy and should be jealously guarded and protected.
“Actions like this only bring back unpleasant memories of the long tenure of Military rule and the established culture of intolerance against the media when Nigeria recorded her most grievous crimes against the industry. “Sadly, we are once more witnessing actions that seek to undermine the profession by both State and non-State actors.”
He called for an end to the open contempt and disrespect for the Media by NBC.
The president noted that the fines imposed on the media houses are unnecessary, discriminatory and an attempt to discourage a free, independent media, hence it should be withdrawn immediately