• April 14, 2021

SERAP Threatens Legal Action Against Ebony State Govt For Life Bans On Journalists

By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 23, 2020

(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria’s accountability watchdog, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, to immediately reverse the supposed life ban imposed on Chijioke Agwu and Peter Okutu, correspondents of The Sun and Vanguard from covering events in Government House because of stories they did on the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state.

Reacting on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, via a signed statement, SERAP carpeted the supposed restriction order placed on the media practitioners, calling it an illegality that infringed on the journalists’ freedom of expression as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Nigeria is signatory to, and made mockery of the notion of a free marketplace of ideas, necessary to serve the best interests of the public.

SERAP warned that if the state government did not revoke the ban on the media men within 24 hours of the release of its statement, commensurate legal steps would be initiated against Ebony State Government to redress the injustice done the journalists by the bans restricting them from preforming their functions, stressing that leaders should adhere to the principles of transparency and accountability in the discharge of their duties and must refrain from intimidating media men carrying out their legitimate functions as members of the fourth estate of the realm.

Agenda Watchdog

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