ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that all accredited media organisations in the country, including the African Independent Television (AIT), are free to cover the activities of the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the incoming Buhari Administration will not discriminate against any media organisation, irrespective of its role during the electioneering campaign leading up to the recent polls.
”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.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
”There must be repercussions, within the realms of the law, for media organisations 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 organisation from covering the activities of the President-elect,” APC said.
On Monday, the AIT was barred from covering the Cuban ambassador’s visit to Buhari at Defence House, Abuja. Mallam Garba Shehu, media director of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation said the action was based on family, security and ethical concerns, saying AIT remained barred from covering the president-elect’s activities “till further notice”.