Friday, June 20, 2014
MURIC CONDEMNS MILITARY'S ATTACK ON NEWSPAERS
7th June, 2014
MILITARY’S ATTACK ON NEWSPAPERS: IT IS OPEN RAPE ON DEMOCRACY
The question is what is the military trying to hide? If they get away with this they will get away with anything. Civil society should rise today and challenge this assault on freedom of expression. Nobody can be free if the press is not free. As the Fourth Estate of the Realm, the press plays the vital role of defending democracy and civil liberties.
The press is the voice of the voiceless and the numero uno in the defence line of the citizenry. This latest attack is an attempt to stop the press from playing that role. It is a blatant rape on democracy.
By attacking media outfits and by seizing and destroying copies of newspapers, the military has employed brute force to infringe on the freedom of the press. The soldiers have also manifested gross disrespect for the rule of law.
The attack also exposes the hollowness of assurances about the military’s respect for democracy and its readiness to bow to civilian authority.
This operation has shown that the military institution is still neck-deep in disgust for civilized behavior and denial of civil liberties.
MURIC calls on the affected newspapers to challenge this action in court and to seek damages. We call on the people’s representatives in the National Assembly to probe this ugly incident immediately.
Above all, we charge the press to refuse to be intimidated. It is one of the hazards of the noble profession of journalism. The media must not bow to the barbaric onslaught of Babylon.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)