The invasion on Sunday by the Nigerian Militry at the offices of Media Trust Ltd., the Publishers of Daily Trust, over alleged breach of national security in its publications, has been tagged as impunity by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE)
The body in a statement signed by its President, Mrs Funke Egbemode and Publicity Secretary, Mr Ken Ugbeche, on Monday in Lagos said the action was a full treat to democracy.
Regarding the attack on the offices of the Trust company the the army had, in a statement, said it took the step in the interest of national security as the organisation, in its Sunday titles, published stories that undermined the on-going insurgency war.
The Guild, however, said the action was not expected of the military in a democracy, regime.
The NGE called for the immediate release of the detained journalists, while urging the military authorities to tender an unreserved apology to Trust Media Ltd., for the action.
“The crude invasion, intimidation and arrest of journalists discharging their constitutional duties in the Maiduguri Zonal office is not the type of story befitting of the military in a democracy.
“The picture painted by this brutal and primitive incursion into the workplace of a media organisation in a democracy in the 21st century not only does incalculable damage to the psyche of Nigerians, young and old.
“It also de-markets the country before the rest of the world.
“The manner of this operation hatched with precision and coordinated fashion at three different locations shows that it was planned and painstakingly executed for maximum effect.
“It is a throwback to the dark days of the military rule, an era Nigerians do not remember with an ounce of nostalgia.
“The Guild condemns this uncouth affront on Media Trust and by extension the Nigerian media, which has enjoyed liberal reportage and partnership from the same media it is trying to muzzle.
“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of the arrested journalists while we welcome the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari who has ordered the vacation of the premises of Trust Media Ltd. by soldiers.
“We also demand an unreserved apology to Media Trust Ltd. by the military authorities,” NGE said.
NGE said the military could have dealt with the issue in a moire better way if it is viewed that the Trust Media had erred.