Security Operatives Who Have Attacked Journalists Must Face Prosecution – NUJ Tells Tinubu


The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Correspondents Chapel has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to outline his administration’s strategy for safeguarding media practitioners in Nigeria, highlighting the concerning and inhospitable environment in which journalists operate. The union emphasized the absurdity and unacceptability of the situation, emphasizing the need for concrete measures to ensure the safety and protection of journalists.

In a joint statement signed by Comrade Jide Oyekunle, Chairman of the FCT Correspondents Chapel, and Raphael Oni, the Secretary, on World Press Freedom Day in Abuja, NUJ underscored the importance of upholding press freedom and freedom of expression as enshrined in Nigeria’s constitution and international declarations.

The statement called attention to the shrinking and hostile media landscape in Nigeria, attributing it to the intolerant attitude of some government officials toward criticism and dissenting opinions. It urged President Tinubu to articulate a comprehensive safety plan for journalists to enable them to fulfill their vital role in democracy without fear of reprisals.

NUJ highlighted the significant risks faced by journalists in Nigeria, including harassment, intimidation, and physical attacks, and called for concrete government action to protect journalists and ensure accountability for past attacks on press freedom.

The union demanded justice for those responsible for attacking journalists and impeding press freedom, stressing the need for security operatives to be held accountable for their actions and to respect democratic values. It condemned the incessant attacks on journalists and emphasized the importance of journalists being able to carry out their duties without fear of violence or retaliation.

Furthermore, NUJ reiterated its commitment to upholding the principles of good governance, accountability, and transparency, emphasizing that journalism is essential for democracy and positive societal change. It emphasized that press freedom should not be restricted or taken away, as it is crucial for the functioning of a democratic society.

In summary, NUJ called on President Tinubu to prioritize the safety and protection of journalists, emphasizing the vital role of press freedom in democracy and urging for accountability and justice for attacks on journalists.

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