Press Council decries clampdown on media

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– The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) has advised the military authority avail itself of the of the ombudsman whenever there perceived infraction on the part of the press.

This is contained a statement signed by the Acting Executive Secretary of the council, Mr Nnamdi Njemanze, on Monday in Abuja.

It also called on the military to relate with the press within the permissible democratic channels of the court whenever the need arose.

It expressed concern over the recent stoppage of distribution of some newspapers and harassment of vendors in the country.

According to the statement, the council appreciates the explanation of the Ministry of Defence that the action is due to security challenges in the country.

“We advise that the military should avoid any action that could cast democracy in bad light or be misconstrued as muzzling of the press.

The statement, however, appealed to the press to go about its constitutional role of monitoring with utmost .

It advised all parties to exercise restraint and work together to help create the necessary atmosphere for peace and resolution of the country’s security and development challenges. (NAN)