BREAKING: NUJ suspends media activities in Kaduna over detained journalist

BREAKING: NUJ to boycott media activities over detained Kaduna journalist


//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//

Following the invitation and subsequent detention of an online medium reporter, Authenticnews, Jacob Onjewu by Kaduna Police Command, Kaduna State branch of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Saturday put on hold all media activities in the State.

The journalist has been invited in relation to a story published on his online medium which has to do with crisis that erupted in Kaduna communities that left six persons dead.

The alleged grey part of the story that led to his detention is where he quoted eyewitness account saying the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, was stoned by angry youths at the scene of the crisis earlier in the week.

Already, the journalist is spending his third day in an unknown custody thereby making it difficult for family members, friends and colleagues to access him.

Addressing colleagues at the venue of ongoing two-day interactive workshop for some media practitioners organized by office of the Special Adviser to Governor on Media and Communication in collaboration with Journalism Clinic, State Chairman of the council, Comrade Garba Mohammed, said the action became necessary because any journalist may fall victim of intimidation and harassment in the course of doing their constitutional responsibility, hence the need for them to channel their energy towards his release as a way of showing solidarity to a colleague.

According to him, all journalists in the state must come together to see how they could secure the release of the affected journalist.

With this development, every bona-fide member of the union is expected to follow the directive or risk the disciplinary action that may be taken against defiant member by the council no matter whose ox is gored.

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