Ekiti - The International Press Centre (IPC), the media rights group, has decried the alleged harassment and deportation of three journalists by security operatives in Ekiti State during last Saturday’s governorship election.
Police arrested the three journalists Jadesola Ajibola (Inspiration FM), Akin Ogunsola and and Aremu Awolola, both of Osun State Broadcasting Service (OSBC), who were to cover the election.
They were subsequently deported to neighbouring states.
Director of IPC, Lanre Arogundade said the action was not the best way to treat journalists who had legitimate role and responsibility during elections.
Arogundade urged the police authorities to consider the guarantee of the safety of journalists on lawful duty as part of their responsibility during elections.
He said this was especially pertinent as journalists have a role to play in ensuring the fairness and transparency of the electoral process.
The IPC also condemned the sentencing of three Al-Jazeera journalists to seven years imprisonment by an Egyptian court for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news.
Jailed on Monday n Cairo Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were arrested in December at a Cairo hotel where they were working after Egyptian authorities had closed the Qatar-based television network's bureau.
IPC Director said the court’s ruling was draconian and unacceptable.
– CAJ News
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