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National Assembly Coverage: New Guideline Silly, idiotic, Crude – OPAN

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

The guideline put in place by the Management of the National Assembly was on Tuesday (today) regarded as silly, idiotic and crude.

The description came from the 
Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), in a statement jointly signed by its President,  Austyn Ogannah, and General Secretary, Daniel Elombah.

The group therefore charged the management of the National Assembly to withdraw what it termed the draconic guideline it set for the accreditation of journalists and media outfits intending to cover the parliament.

According to OPAN, “The guideline is part of a sustained plot by the political class to gag the free press in Nigeria.

“The National Assembly should set a reasonable guideline that will not impede or frustrate journalists and media outfits from covering the legislative arm of government.

“This new guideline is silly, idiotic and crude. It is a ploy by political elites to gag the free and thriving press in Nigeria.

“We will resist this barricade to free reporting and advise NASS to retain the present accreditation guideline which is less cumbersome for media outfits and journalists.”

While emphasizing the critical and sacrosanct role of the free press in democracy, OPAN called on those in position of authority to respect same.

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