NUJ Kaduna Unregister Al-Mizan Newspaper Owned by Shiite
The Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has stated that it has with immediate effect de-registered Shite sect-owned Al-Mizan Newspaper.
The NUJ made the announcement known in Zaria on Friday via a statement that was signed by Dauda Idris-Doka, the State Secretary of the union.
It stated: “The decision was made after the Executive Council meeting that was held on the 29th December, 2016, where it was unfolded that Al-Mizan was registered in error.
“It would also be remembered that the union in the past has stayed away from all religious organization that was registered as its member.”
The NUJ made it very clear that as Fourth Estate of the realm, its responsibility was protect all, irrespective of religious and ethnic affiliation.
“In the past years, we didn’t want to register any religious organizations alike and their medium, such as The Cross Newspapers, The Awake and The Redeem News, among others.
“In respect to this development, Al-Mizan is no more recognized as a medium in the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council, “the union stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Al-Mizan Newspapers and Pointer Express (English version of Al-Mizan), both belongs to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly called Shiite sect, whose leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is in detention.
It could also be recalled that the government of Kaduna state had proscribed IMN and later banned all forms of procession, describing it as unlawful assembly in December 2016.