Plateau journalists denied press tags to cover Buhari’s visit

By Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Most journalists in Plateau State were denied press tags for the covering of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Jos on Thursday.

Only 15 tags were given to the journalism in plateau, while commercial and private photographers, who are not members of the NUJ, were being provided with the press tags.

On his arrival President Buhari commissioned the Maraba Jama’a Road project, Maiyago Lowcost Road, Tudun Wada Road and the Flyover at Secretariat Junction.

The president also paid a courtesy call on the Bong Gwom Jos, and held a town hall meeting at Government House, Rayfield, and commissioned 400 tractors.

Most of the journalists monitored Mr President’s visit on the PRTV, since the event was being transmitted life, while other journalists stayed at home to monitor it.

Our reporter observed that, while those in the Television houses were given the press tag, only their cameramen were allowed to cover the event.

Those, who were denied the coverage, expressed shock that such a thing has never happened, and such a national event ‎could be handled without regard to their constitutional responsibilities.

‎Journalists, who were hindered from covering the visit, stormed the NUJ Press Centre lamenting on the circumstances, and wondered how a Cameraman can only be allowed to cover the event without his Reporter, adding, “Such is irregular in the practice of the profession.”

It was sad to note that the leadership of the State Council, who were made part of the committee by the state government, could not protect the interest of its teeming members.


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