Thursday, 3 August 2017

STOP ALL ATTEMPTS TO STIFLE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, LEAGUE OF VETERAN JOURNALISTS (LVJ) WARNS


By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki,
 
The League of Veteran Journalists (LVJ) has expressed worries and great concern over the persistent attacks on Journalists by some disgruntled politicians, who want to stifle the freedom of expression in the country, even when it is enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.


The Plateau State chapter of LVJ in a press release dated 3rd August, 2017, jointly signed by the state Chairman and his Secretary, Dr. Gideon Barde and Chief Tunde Oladapo, respectively, made available to REALITY, while reacting on the recently reported attack on some Journalists, at the Kaduna State NUJ Press Center, has called for the immediate intervention of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in arresting the perpetrators of the attack.

 
The League, while also commending the efforts so far taken by the National Secretariat of the NUJ, further opined that the NUJ must see “An attack on one as an attack on all.”

The League said:

“While it is in total support of the actions so far taken by the Kaduna State NUJ, it however, urge the National Secretariat of the body to act swiftly to avert a re-occurrence, even as it views “Any attack on a single journalist as an attack on all”, which must be stopped forthwith.   

The League’s press release also advocates for security beef up in all media houses and NUJ press centers nationwide in order to checkmate further “Show of shame by hoodlums on innocent journalists anywhere they practice in the country more so now that 2019 is around the corner.”

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