The Cross River State Council of the Union of Journalists of Nigeria (NUJ) has blacklisted the state government (Cross River) from all media coverage by all members of the state union.
The union in a statement published after an emergency congress of the Council of State held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the Ernest Etim Bassey press center, in Calabar, the council regretted the organization of a conference illegal press thus creating a platform. for the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK) of abusing and insulting a journalist, Mr. Eyo Charles of the Daily Trust newspaper.
The group instructed the State Council to immediately communicate in writing to all media organizations to remove their correspondents from Government House and prevent them from covering or reporting any state government activity until the problem is solved.
Congress reaffirms its full support and stands with Daily Trust correspondent Eyo Charles on the issue that resulted in the unprovoked explosion.
“Congress orders the Council of State to send warning letters to members who attended the press conference and did nothing to protect their colleague, after which each of them must individually write a letter of apologies through the Council of State to the national leadership of the Union. with the firm promise never to violate the rules and regulations guiding the practice of journalism.
“Congress hereby decides that henceforth all press briefings of any person, public or private organization, should take place at the NUJ Press Center, unless ordered by the Council of State,” the statement said.
The communiqué signed the Communiqué Editorial Board; Richard Ndoma of Leadership Newspaper and Comrade Oka Ibor, Secretary of State of NUJ and President, Comrade Victor Udu have warned that any journalist who organizes or attends a press briefing not approved by the State Council will be punished.
“Pursuant to the NEC’s resolution on the beat ban, Congress orders an immediate ban on the illegally operated Cross River State Government House press corps.” Congress hereby thanks the national leadership of the Union of Nigerian Journalists, the leadership of the Daily Trust newspaper, civil societies, community and faith-based organizations, religious leaders, members of local and international organizations, groups and individuals for standing up for the truth.
Unfortunately, Congress condemns the verbal insult and abuse of the FFK and noted that such words could not come from the lips of a frustrated, immature, bankrupt, irresponsible and unstable mind and therefore put the former minister aviation on the blacklist of all media activity in the country. State.
The Union lamented the recent outburst by former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, with Cross River State correspondent of the Daily Trust Newspaper, Mr. Eyo Charles, at a conference illegal press release organized by the Cross River State government on Thursday August. 20, 2020 and subsequent reaction from deferent segments of society.