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Former Senator, Samdaddy condemns arrest of newspaper vendors, writers in Imo

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An erstwhile Senator of Imo East senatorial district, Samdaddy Anyanwu has described the arrest and brutalization of newspaper distributors and a few writers in Imo State as harmful for democracy.

Senator Anyanwu spoke by his media aide, Ikenna Onuoha in a press assertion on Tuesday the place he condemned the act by the state police.

He warned in opposition to the usage of drive on harmless residents in the middle of performing lawful duties, including that the unprofessional conducts of some safety brokers had been able to producing pressure within the state.

The previous who’s a PDP chieftain stated democracy turns into ineffective when the ‘freedom of press’ is hampered and threatened by brokers of presidency who’re anticipated to guard it.

He added additional, “press freedom entails that each citizen is at liberty to precise their opinion by oral or written channels, it impedes constitutional provisions when the federal government begins to intimidate, harass or manhandle these exercising their rights.

“The press has performed a pivotal function in nation-building and any try to harass, intimidate, bully journalists and distributors or gag it, will probably be resisted in any respect prices.”

The lawmaker who was the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges, nonetheless, known as on the federal government of Imo State or the safety brokers in whose custody the distributors are saved to launch them unconditionally as a result of, in line with him, their launch would scale back the already hyped pressure within the state.

In the identical vein, he appealed to the newspaper distributors and journalists within the state to stay calm and law-abiding, cautioning them to desist from sensational tales which can be able to heating up the polity.

It might be recalled that some policemen in Imo State on Monday arrested 5 newspaper distributors and brutalized them for allegedly promoting information about IPOB and its chief, Nnamdi Kanu.

It was earlier gathered {that a} author and columnist with the Announcer Specific Newspapers within the state, was arrested and detained by the state police.

The event has, nonetheless, elicited reactions from the press and public.

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