The Correspondents’ Chapel, (NUJ) Yobe State has resolved to boycott all state government activities in the state alleging intimidation and harassment of its members by safety operatives connected to the government home.
The Chapel additionally alleged that there’s a lack of formal invites to government activities by handlers of knowledge in the state.
A press release from the Chapel additionally reads: “As members of the Fourth Estate of the realm, a part of our duties is to tell the general public on happenings in the state together with the government home.
“Regrettably, nevertheless, for over a 12 months of the administration of Governor Mai Mala Buni, the chapel has by no means acquired any formal invitation for protection by the Governor’s spokesman, Mamman Muhammed, because it was the apply in the previous.
“This has negatively affected the operations of representatives of nationwide media dailies working in the state.
“Lack of accessibility to Governor Mai Mala Buni by working journalists in the state.
“The chapel finds it disturbing, that regardless of the governor’s historic reign as APC Extraordinary Caretaker National Chairman and being a Governor for over 3 years the place he has been addressing the Press at Abuja and different components of the nation however by no means addressed National Dailies in his personal state to talk on his administration’s insurance policies and programmes which demonstrates his inaccessibility to resident journalists.
“The chapel additionally resolves that its members are to desist from utilizing press releases issued from the Yobe State government with out prior contact with our members.
“The chapel calls on heads of safety companies in the state to sensitise their personnel on media safety relations.
“The chapel finds it essential to take this essential determination, in different to alert related stakeholders and acceptable authorities to take decisive motion in direction of addressing the above points amicably.
“Finally, the working journalists in Yobe State want to inform the general public and the government of Yobe State that our motion shouldn’t be judged by sentiment however on the idea of our place as one of many main stakeholders of our democracy.
“It is also important to note that the coming election is very critical in our Nation’s democracy and therefore a fatal mistake in an attempting to circumvent the media.”