The All Progressives Congress on Tuesday upturned the ban (Here) placed on the Africa Independent Television by the security team of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.Buhari’s team had on Monday placed a ban on the media crew of the AIT, citing security concerns as well as ethical issues.
But the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Abuja, said all accredited media organisations, “including AIT,” are free to cover the President-elect’s activities.The APC said the incoming Buhari administration would not discriminate against any media organisation irrespective of its role during electioneering. The party however enjoined all media organisations to observe the highest level of professional standards in carrying out their duties.
The party said, “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.“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.”