7th May, 2012
The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, has condemned attacks by Boko Haram on media houses across the country and expressed solidarity with the affected news outlets and the families of the victims.
The Executive Committee of NPAN after an emergency meeting in Abuja on Saturday said it views the attacks by the sect and the threats of more attacks as an assault on the freedom of expression and free speech in Nigeria.
“The NPAN condemns in the strongest terms the attacks on ThisDay newspapers in Abuja; ThisDay, The Sun and The Moment newspapers in Kaduna in attacks claimed by a group often referred to as Boko Haram and its threat of more attacks on the media,” a statement signed by NPAN Executive Secretary, Mr. Feyi Smith, read.
“The NPAN views the attacks and the threats of more attacks as an assault on the freedom of expression and free speech and resolves that the press will not be intimidated or cowed in the discharge of its constitutional responsibility .
“The NPAN is seriously concerned about the worsening state of insecurity in the country and urges the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to take every necessary action to give meaning and expression to its basic constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property,” the statement added.
The association said that that in the light of the deteriorating security situation in the country, it has resolved to engage with the leadership of the security agencies to find solutions and to explore new ideas for resolving the challenges of insecurity facing Nigerians.
“The media and all well-meaning Nigerians should continue to do all they can to pull the nation back from the brink by promoting national healing, understanding, accountability and justice,” NPAN said.