The Federal High Court (FHC) Abuja released a lean list of handpicked 10 media organizations to cover the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader that comes up today , Monday.
It was a surprise that Nigeria known for operating multiple media platforms had a paltry 10 groups listed for the coverage.
Most of all, not a single radio station is in the list released.
Inexplicably, most major national dailies like The Sun, Guardian, Vanguard and Punch newspapers were not listed also.
Their exclusion means they are not permitted to send reporters to the court for the trial even though all of them have designated reporters for the judiciary.
The list that has four TV groups totally excludes the radio arm of the media, and has one online platform.
The list released Sunday night looks like a commencement of the plan of the federal government to shrink media influence and press freedom that has been looming
Since 2020, Nigerian government and the legislative arm have inundated the National Assembly with five bills relating to narrowing down press freedom or heavily controlling their operations
There was no reason given in the memo listing the 10 organizations signed by Catherine Oby Christopher in the memo of the FHC dated July 23