Why Kano Journalists Boycott Coverage of Govt’s Activities

Journalists in Kano under the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), said they have boycotted coverage of all state government activities with immediate effects.

The chapel decried intimidation and harassment of its members by officials of the state government and its agencies.

Aminu Garko, Chairman of the chapel, in a statement earlier in Kano said the decision followed a series of physical assaults, maltreatment, harassment on his members from government officials and their agents while carrying out their duties.

Garko added that despite efforts by the chapel, members continue to suffer in the hands of government officials.

According to him, government officials are prioritising non-professionals over experienced and professional journalists.

Garko, who said the boycott is with immediate effect and cuts across all government activities, further said it will continue until the government shows commitments to the welfare and safety of journalists based in the state.

The chapel directed all its members to comply with the boycott, which includes non-participation in press conferences, government events, and interviews with state officials. 

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Efforts to reach Sanusi Bature, Spokesman to Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf were not successful. He is yet to respond to an SMS sent to him as at press time.

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