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NUJ blacklists Cross River govt over
Fani-Kayode’s attack on journalist
NEWS
Published on August 28, 2020
By Edem Edem
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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Cross River State
Council has blacklisted the State Government (Cross River)
from any media coverage by all members of union in the
state.
The union in a communiqué issued at the end of an
emergency congress of the state council held on Thursday,
August 27, 2020, at the Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre,
Calabar, the council regretted the organization of an illegal
press conference thereby creating a platform for former
Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK) to abuse
and insult a journalist, Mr. Eyo Charles of the Daily Trust
Newspaper.
The group mandated the state council to immediately
communicate in writing to all media organisations to withdraw
their correspondents from Government House and stop them
from covering or reporting any activity of the State Government
until the issue is resolved.
Congress restates its total support for and stands with the
Daily Trust Correspondent, Eyo Charles on the question that
resulted in the unprovoked outburst.
“Congress directs that the State Council to issue warning
letters to members who attended the press conference and
did not do anything to protect their colleague after which each
of them is to individually write an apology letter through the
State Council to the National Leadership of the Union with a
firm promise never to violet the rules and regulations guiding
the Journalism practice.
“Congress hereby resolves that henceforth all press briefings
by any individual (s), public or private organizations must be
held at the NUJ Press Centre, unless as may be directed by
the State Council’ the communiqué stated.
The communiqué signed Communiqué drafting Committee;
Richard Ndoma of Leadership Newspaper and Comrade Oka
Ibor, State Secretary of NUJ and the Chairman, Comrade Victor
Udu warned that any journalist that organizes or attends any
press briefing not approved by the State Council shall be
sanctioned.
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“In line with NEC resolution on the proscription of beats,
Congress directs the immediate proscription of the illegally
operated Cross River State Government House Press Corps.
Congress hereby thanks the National Leadership of the Nigeria
Union of Journalist, Management of Daily Trust Newspaper,
Civil Societies, Community Based and Faith-based
Organisations, religious leaders, members of local and
international organisations, groups and individuals for
defending the truth.”
Sadly, the congress condemns the verbal insult and abuse
from FFK and noted that such words could only come out of
the lips of a frustrated, immature, bankrupt, irresponsible and
unsteady mind and accordingly blacklisted the former Minister
of Aviation from all media activities in the State.
The Union lamented the recent outburst from the former
Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode with the Cross
River State Correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper, Mr. Eyo
Charles during an illegal press conference organized by the
Cross River State Government, on Thursday, August 20, 2020
and subsequent reaction from deferent segments of the
society.


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