Nigerian Editors condemn military attack on newspapers

“The media do not bear arms, but rather we bear information.”

The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, on Friday, condemned the seizure of some Nigerian newspapers meant to be sold to the general public.

This is contained in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, President of the Guild.

The Leadership and The Nation newspapers meant for the South-South, South East and the North were seized and some destroyed by the military on Friday. Punch Newspapers was also affected by the military onslaught.

The statement said the NGE was shocked by the conduct of security agents, particularly the military, which laid siege to the roads round the country on Friday to seize the newspapers.

The statement said the crackdown had caused huge economic loss to the publishing houses.

It held that the explanation by the military was totally unacceptable and an attempt to launch attack on the media, contending that the military was poised to open a battle front with the media.

It added that the media was more patriotic than anybody in the country.

“The media do not bear arms, but rather we bear information, which shed light on darkness, no matter how seemingly impenetrable the darkness is.”

According to the statement, information sets free, it emancipates from shackles, it develops the mind and helps people to make independent, rational judgment.

It called on the military not to accuse the media of any security breach and hide under that umbrella to traumatise it.

It said the media should be counted out of anything not designed for the cohesion and general good of the country.

“These are perilous times in Nigeria. The military and other security agencies as well as the media have all been at the receiving end of the evil of insurgency,” it stated.

According to the statement, for the military, which already has its hand full, to open another flank of battle against the media is indefensible and ridiculous.

The statement said the action was a throwback to the days of military repression, “which we thought we had long put behind us as a country.

“We reject the label of bearer of arms, or any other forms of ordnance to do mischief against our own country.

“If the siege arose out of the need to call a dog a bad name in order to hang it, Nigeria editors roundly and soundly reject such negative profiling”, the statement said.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, had claimed the onslaught was launched after security agencies received intelligence reports.

It said the intelligence reports indicated movement of materials with grave security implications across the country, using the channels of newsprint-related consignment.

(NAN)


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  • Spoken word

    Why do we have dunces as leaders.when will all this misrule stop.i am tired of this country men.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      We have them as leaders because we voted them into office or allowed them to rig themselves in. The day we stop voting for these ”dunces”, Nigeria will start being a country governed by the rule of law, where no one is above the law and where capability, rather than sentiment, will determine who rules us!

      • ifebuche

        I think you guys should try and watch your local news once I’m a while and leave this ‘faceless media’ who are specialists in ‘unnamed’ sources who ‘dont want their names mentioned’ always speaking. You will get a bit better info.

      • POINT-BLANK

        Who voted for them? Let us not deceive ourselves! Elections in Nigeria are still a big fraud. All our present leaders were rigged into office. Until the people are able to choose their leader, all these nonsense will no stop. QED.

  • Truthometer

    Nigerian military has turned to Dumbo and PDP’s armed thugs. I think they are rehearsing for 2015 election. Nigerians must be ready to resist this absolute lawlessness, from the military being financed with our commonwealth, but still cannot protect us from boko haram terrorists, but are more than willing to prevent us from learning the truth about their failings.

    • ifebuche

      I think you guys should try and watch your local news once I’m a while and leave this ‘faceless media’ who are specialists in ‘unnamed’ sources who ‘dont want their names mentioned’ always speaking. You will get a bit better info that is ‘visible’.

    • Adeyi

      If only they could lay such siege with military precision on BH….

      These politicians in uniform should be flushed out by the true bearers of the khaki, officers and men of this noble profession. The ‘GOC treatment’ will surely repeat itself no matter the propaganda and fake appeasement. Time shall tell.

  • clairvoyance

    When it comes to ordinary Nigerians this boyscout go dey do gra gra, Boko haram have hoisted their flag in some local government in Borno for about three months now and this boyscout can’t go there and dislodge them only to harass newspapers go n fight Boko haram dunces.

    • ifebuche

      I think you guys should try and watch your local news once I’m a while and leave this ‘faceless media’ who are specialists in ‘unnamed’ sources who ‘dont want their names mentioned’ always speaking. You will get a bit better info

  • Ayo Kellany

    He whom the gods want to destroy they first make mad. I presume Jonathan is not to blame so the harassment must continue. Jonathan is not in charge of asking the military to raid any newspaper.