The Sun reporter raises alarm over threat from SSS
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council has warned the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to desist from harassing journalists for reporting last Sunday’s shooting incident between the DSS operatives and alleged terrorist detainees in Abuja.
The council in statement by its chairman, Comrade Chuks Ehirim, said it was alarmed following a complaint by Ms. Molly Kilete of Sun Newspapers over a phone call to the management of the newspapers by the DSS regarding the story she filed on the last Sunday incident where 21 detainees reportedly died.
Ehirim said there was nothing in the story suggesting threat to national security; rather the reporter should be commended for her courage and fair reporting.
“The DSS and other security organs should take cognisance of the constitutional role of the media as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution and not do anything that would threaten the right of the media to hold government officials accountable to the Nigerian public,” he said.
The NUJ chairman urged the service to be more transparent with information in order to dispel any form of speculation.
He also tasked journalists to cross check their facts and work closely with security agencies in the fight against terrorism and other forms of insecurity in the country.