Monday, 14 May 2012

Journalists Boycott Govt Activities over Prolonged Crises in Plateau

Journalists in Plateau State have resolved to boycott the activities of the state Government over the Governor’s inability to explain to the world why the crises in the state have continued unabated in the last four years.

At the end of an emergency meeting at the Press Centre in Jos on Monday, the journalists, particularly the Correspondents’ Chapel expressed disgust at the experience of continually counting corpses and visiting grave sites of victims of endless sectarian violence in Jos and its environs.
The journalists also expressed worry that their lives are daily being threatened and endangered, and the state government that is supposed to have provided security and end the crisis appears unconcerned and indifferent to the plight of dutiful journalists.
We are appalled by the governor's insensitivity to the plight of journalists in the state. Just recently some of our colleagues were attacked while covering the crises in Riyom, but nobody showed any concern.

The journalists decried a situation where the Governor, Da (Dr) Jonah Jang has consistently shunned journalists, and failed to appreciate the essence of meeting them to explain to the world the crises and unnecessary blood shedding during his tenure and to reassure citizens of the state that there is still hope and confidence in the Plateau project.

Accordingly, the Chapel calls on its members to henceforth boycott all government activities, including crisis-prone around the state, for their own good and the protection of the lives of their families. Enough of this insensitivity!

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