The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC has said that all accredited media houses are free to cover activities of President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari.
This was in response to the purported ban of African Independent Television (AIT) from covering Buhari’s activities. APC in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, 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. ”
DailyIndependent recalls that security officials attached to Buhari reportedly barred AIT crew from covering the functions of the president-elect till further notice.
The security team were said to have cited security reports and ethical issues as reasons for their action.
The directive, which took effect on Monday, April 27, was reportedly enforced when members of AIT crew, who were at the Defence House to cover of a meeting between Buhari and a visiting Cuban delegation, were allegedly asked to leave.
Confirming the action, the crew said: “Yes, we were told to leave, but, we cannot just leave. We have a job to do. In any case, we have not been officially informed about what we have done wrong.”
On why AIT was restricted from covering functions of the president-elect, the Director of Press of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Garba Sheh, had said that security concerns informed the decision.
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