Increasing call for #FreeZakzaky & the unethical journalism of Daily Trust

Increasing call for #FreeZakzaky & the unethical journalism of Daily Trust

“In the very first month of Indian Opinion, I realized that the sole aim of journalism should be service. The newspaper press is a great power, but just as an unchained torrent of water submerges whole countrysides and devastates crops, even so an uncontrolled pen serves but to destroy. If the control is from without, it proves more poisonous than want of control. It can be profitable only when exercised from within. If this line of reasoning is correct, how many of the journals in the world would stand the test? But who would stop those that are useless? And who should be the judge The useful and the useless must, like good and evil generally, go on together, and man must make his choice.”
-Mahatma Gandhi, (The Story of My Experiments With Truth)

Daily Trust is a daily Nigerian Newspaper that is based in Northern Nigeria and claimed to serve the interest of the region. Daily Trust became the official mouthpiece of the executors of the brutal and inhuman ZariaMassacre that resulted in the death of 1000+ Nigerians. Daily Trust not only justified the inhuman slaughter of defenseless Nigerians but also launch a campaign of calumny and demonization against the leader of the peaceful Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the IMN, Iran and Shia Islam.

On its Friday (27/01/2017) edition the Daily Trust went to the extent of publishing a fraudulent mischievous news item titled:”FG appeals court ruling on Zakzaky’s release” on its front page. The Nigerian government did not appeal the Federal High Court judgement that freed Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife but Daily Trust concocted a news item that the Nigerian government appealed the judgement! The Five (5) Core Principles of Journalism are Truth and Accuracy, Independence, Fairness and Impartiality, Humanity and Accountability. This unethical behavior of Daily Trust Newspaper had rubbished all of these Five (5) ethical principles of journalism.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole had on December 2, 2016 awarded a cumulative sum of N50 million to the Zakzakys and ordered the AGF and IGP to provide him a new accommodation and security in any part of Kaduna or Northern region that they prefer within 45 days. Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat have been in detention with the DSS since December 2015 following an attack on the IMN by the Nigerian Army that killed hundreds of his followers that included his 3 sons in Zaria.

The notice of contempt proceedings filed by the human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on behalf of Sheikh Zakzaky against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Director General of State Security Services (SSS) fully exposed the falsehood of the Daily Trust report. Why did the Daily Trust published this false news report that will portray the oppressive and tyrannical Nigerian regime in positive light?

Nigerians and foreign diplomats have continue to call on the Nigerian government to respect the Court order of the Federal High Court to free Sheikh Zakzaky. The Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on the Federal High Court to jail those disobeying its order for the release of the IMN leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem. The governor, who lauded the judiciary for standing firm in defence of the rule of law, said; “the federal government must proof to the whole world that Ibrahim Zakzaky is still alive by releasing him as ordered by the court.” Governor Fayose said the filing of notice of contempt proceedings against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS) over the disobedience of a court order for Zakzaky’s release was a step in the right direction.

The inhuman ZariaMassacre was an evil imperialist agenda that has the Savage Saudi regime as a front. More than one thousand Nigerians were murdered by the Nigerian army in less than 48 hours and their dead bodies dumped in mass graves at night by Kaduna state Governor Elrufai and Personnel of the Nigerian army. All the agenda that led to the brutal massacre had woefully failed as the IMN is strong, peaceful and organized despite all the provocations and killings of its members.

On a final note, all the fraudulent propaganda and campaigns of demonization against IMN by Daily Trust and its likes have woefully failed. And all attempts by the murderous executioners of ZariaMassacre to bury the massacre the way they buried the victims have also failed.

Harun Elbinawi


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