Imo journalists seek lawmaker’s suspension for attacking member
No fewer than 50 journalists in Imo State yesterday besieged the state House of Assembly to protest against the recent attack on their member, Finian Chuks by loyalists of representative of Obowo Constituency, Kennedy Ibe.
Ibe’s loyalties had attacked Chuks, publisher of Newsfield Magazine and Newspaper over an alleged malicious publication against their principal.
The protesters under the aegis of Guild of Imo Field Journalists led by Kelechi Ugo said the action was to express their dissatisfaction over the incident and demanded an unreserved apology from Ibe on behalf of his aides, who attacked their colleague.
They also urged the House to suspend the lawmaker if he fails to render the apology and also take full responsibility of the treatment and medication of the victim.
“We are here on a peaceful protest to inform the general public and the good people of Imo State that beating up Finian Chuks is unaccepted and can never be cherished by anybody or group.
“We are also not happy over the manner in which the journalists were humiliated and beaten up by thugs. That means journalists operating in Imo State no longer have freedom of expression.
Meanwhile, media aide to the lawmaker, Ifeanyi Onyekachi in a statement said that the lawmaker through the Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Fabian Ihekweme had brokered peace with Chuks.
But the protesters described it as an attempt to cover up the injustice, intimidation and harassment by politicians against them, insisting that any reconciliation meeting should have been open and convincing.
Responding, representative of Oru West Constituency, Dominic Ezerioha, who is also House Committee Chairman on Information/Judiciary, expressed concern over the incident and urged reporters to always write based on facts and stop projecting falsehood.
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