The management of DAAR Communications PLC has reacted to publications in some newspapers and in the social media to the effect that AIT is barred from the coverage of the activities of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement, the management expressed its displeasure by quoting section 22 of the constitution, which says the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people.
DAAR management therefore considers it a worrisome development if security and family concern are used as a justification for censoring AIT or any other media organization from covering and reporting the activities of the President-elect, his incoming administration or any other public officer.
It therefore states categorically that the allegation of security issues against DAAR Communications is not an issue that the appropriate security agencies should view lightly. The management wants this incident appropriately investigated adding that it has never been involved in any security activities that will compromise State institutions whatsoever.
The management looks forward to a progressive and healthy relationship with the incoming administration and hope that the rights and freedom of the media shall not be impeded in the discharge of our collective duties and responsibilities.
The statement barring AIT was credited to Mallam Shehu Garba, the Director of media, Buhari campaign organization.