Subsequent the incident of very last 7 days in which a Chief Justice of the peace walked out journalists from a courtroom, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council has written a Protest Letter to the Chief Judge of Ondo State and the Point out Police Commissioner.
It explained as uncivilized and expert for a Law enforcement prosecutor and a Magistrate to humiliate pressmen who have been in an open courtroom to discharge their lawful duties.
Remember that on Friday, Justice of the peace Charity Adeyanju of the Oke Eda Magistrates’ Court barred journalists from covering proceedings of the ongoing demo of the founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Prophet Babatunde Alfa in excess of the case of the lacking 1-year-outdated baby, Gold Kolawole from his church. https://dailypost.ng/2020/01/17/prophet-alfa-of-sotitobire-wonder-centre-arrives-court docket-amidst-hefty-protection-as-justice of the peace-orders-journalists-out-photos/
The letter signed by the NUJ Chairman, Adetona Aderoboye and the Condition Secretary, Leke Adegbite which was addressed to the Point out Main Choose and the Condition Commissioner of Law enforcement above the motion of a Justice of the peace, Mrs. Charity Adeyanju and a Police Prosecutor, Inspector Uloh Goodluck, who openly walked out journalists and prevented them from covering the demo of Prophet Alfa Babatunde of Sotitobire Church.
The Union in the letter dated January 17, 2020, bemoaned the roles performed by the prosecutor, Inspector Uloh Goodluck who verbally attacked some of the journalists in the court docket premises.
The letter read, “we publish to humbly seek your lordship’s intervention in the harassment and humiliation of some of our associates who were being at the state Justice of the peace Court sitting down in Oke-Eda Akure on Friday 17th January 2020, to address the court proceedings in a situation involving the State against Prophet Alfa Babatunde & many others.
“Before the court’s sitting down on the mentioned date, the currently seated pressmen ended up personally ordered out of the court docket by the demo Magistrate, Mrs. Charity Adeyanju and ended up similarly prevented from covering the case devoid of any “known offence” in an open up court docket.”
NUJ added that “Over the a long time, all judges and magistrates in the point out can testify to the reality that Ondo point out parades the very best established of journalists who included courts’ proceedings with higher stage of professionalism and decorum.
“Your Lordship, we generate this protest letter to sign up the displeasure of over 400 journalists in the state on the “uncivilized” avoidance of the media from performing their lawful obligations in an open courtroom.
“It was alleged that the voice of the Magistrate was recorded and circulated on social media by some factors, it is noticeable that underneath the journalism schooling, media are not legally authorized to use voice or movie of judges/magistrates although presiding over any make a difference in an open up courtroom and as a result no journalist could do these kinds of for the reason that all of them are not new in the coverage of judicial proceedings.”
“We also by this letter look for your safety for our customers in masking courts in the condition unhindered in line with international most effective apply and the affected general public officers must be referred to as to purchase.
“As a dependable experienced Union, the NUJ shall be all set to self-control any of its customers who breach the code of ethics in any way and the Union shall carry on to maintain the current cordial romantic relationship between it and the point out judiciary,” the Union concluded.