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JUST IN: Journalist’s Union Blacklists Kano State Govt Events

Correspondent Chapel of the Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Kano state on Monday, declared a total media blackout on all activities related to the Kano State Government.

Gatekeepers News reports that the decision which takes effect immediately was taken in response to the alleged persistent and unacceptable maltreatment of members of the Chapel in the state by the state government and its agents while discharging their primary assignments.

The Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel, Alhaji Aminu Ahmad Garko revealed this through a statement released to the press in Kano.

He said, “Despite our efforts to engage with the government and its officials to address these issues, we have seen no improvement in the situation.”

Garko said members of the chapel continue to face “harassment, intimidation, and even physical assault while performing their duties. “

The statement goes, “It is particularly concerning that the government has prioritized non-professionals over trained journalists, making it a state policy to sideline those who are best equipped to handle the job.”

“As a result, we regret to announce that we will no longer participate in press conferences, cover government events, or conduct interviews with state officials until we see a tangible commitment to press freedom and the safety of journalists.”

“All members to comply with this directive and join us in this protest against the ill treatment of members in Kano State.”

“We believe that a free and independent press is essential to a functioning democracy, and we will not stand idly by while our members are mistreated and intimidated.”

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