The selection of 10 journalists to cover the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been condemned by global human rights group, Amnesty International.
VANTAGE NEWS had reported that ten journalists from ten media organizations were selected by the Federal High Court, Abuja to cover the trial that starts today.
In a tweet on Monday, Amnesty International said the move violates all fair hearing guarantees.
The group said, “Amnesty International condemns Nigerian authorities’ restriction of the number of journalists that can report the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, which started today in Abuja,” the statement reads.
“Selecting few journalists to cover the trial is a restriction on access to information and an attempt to deny people the right to know. It also violates all fair hearing guarantees.
“We call on the Nigerian authorities to respect the right to fair hearing and immediately lift the restriction and allow the media unhindered access to the court to do their job. This is yet another bizarre and unacceptable attack on the Nigerian media that must not stand.”
Similarly, Senator Shehu Sani, described the decision as archaic.
“Restrictions on media coverage for the trial of Kanu is archaic.This is the twenty first century,” he tweeted on Monday.