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DHQ warns against media coverage of N/East without authorization

The military has warned against coverage of the operations in the North-East ravaged by a decade of insurgency for documentary purposes.

The military said this was wrong as the exercise was without proper authorization by relevant bodies. A statement by Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar, Acting Director, Defence Information, said “this practice is not only capable of jeopardizing the success of the on-going military operations in the area, but also poses great concern to the safety of the journalists concerned.

“Much as the military is not trying to gag the press from carrying out their legitimate duties, permission should be sought from the Armed Forces before embarking on such venture.

“This will enable adequate security to be provided for such journalists by the military. Even though Boko Haram has been substantially decimated, any roaming journalist could be a target of unsuspecting fleeing Boko Haram member and this will not be in the best interest of media organizations and the nation at large.”

Consequently, the DHQ advised that any journalist who wants to cover conflict areas should seek permission from the military hierarchy so that adequate security arrangement could be provided by the troops on the ground.

“It is also the responsibility of the military to safeguard the lives and property of the Nigerian citizenry, including law abiding journalists in the theatre of operation and in Nigeria in generaal”