Defamation Case: NUJ Backs Wikki Times Publisher, Condemns Makkah Eye Clinic.

The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed sadness over a threat to life of its member and proprietor of Wikki Times, Haruna Mohammed Salisu and his family through a letter purportedly written by Makkah Eye Clinic and dropped in his office by unidentified person.

The Bauchi Council Secretary, Isah Garba Gadau in a statement issued on Thursday condemned in strong terms the threat on Haruna Mohammed allegedly by Makkah Eye Clinic.

This is coming when the Makkah Eye Clinic has sued the proprietor over alleged defamatory reports carried by Wikki Times and hearing on the case is ongoing.

The NUJ, while having confidence in the judicial system for being fair and just, however, condemned in strong terms the threat on Haruna Mohammed allegedly by Makkah Eye Clinic.

Journalists, as contained in the nation’s constitution, should hold governments and individuals accountable to the people and therefore see no reason why they should be deterred from carrying out this constitutional mandate.

The Bauchi Council of the NUJ therefore wish to state that no amount of threat, hatred or intimidation will scare its members from discharging their constitutional rights, any time any day.

The union urged security operatives to commence full scale investigation into the matter and urged other governments and non governmental organisations to desist from dishing out all forms of threats and intimidations to its members for a better, informed and balanced reports.

 

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