APC disagrees with Buhari, says AIT free to cover president-elect's activities
The All Progressives Congress (APC) said Tuesday that all accredited media organizations in the country, including the African Independent Television (AIT), are free to cover the activities of the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja said the incoming Buhari Administration would not discriminate against any media organization, irrespective of its role during the electioneering campaign leading up to the recent polls.
The statement came after reports that AIT correspondents were barred from the coverage of activities of the president-elect.
There were wide outcry by Nigerians as such directive was reminiscient of the Buhari old ways, which he claimed to have abdicated.
APC in the statement however enjoined all media organisations to observe the highest level of professional standards in carrying out their duties.
”There is a Code of Ethics guiding the practice of journalism in Nigeria, and this demands every journalist to ensure a strict adherence to the highest levels of ethics and professionalism in carrying out their duties.
”There must be repercussions, within the realms of the law, for media organizations which have wantonly breached the Code of Ethics of the journalism profession and turned themselves to partisans instead of professionals. But such repercussions will not include barring any accredited media organization from covering the activities of the President-elect,” APC said.
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