End Impunity: JAP advocates safety of journalists, promotion of press freedom

 

Funmi Lawrence

 

On this occasion of the 2019 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, Journalists Against Poverty (JAP) has called for the safety of Journalists as they carry out their legitimate assignments anywhere in the country.

 

Mr Wale Elekolusi, JAP, Coordinator made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

 

JAP is a network of Journalists drawn from Print, Broadcast and Online mediums having witnessed the outright assault, violent attacks, dehumanization, arbitrary arrest of several decent and respectable journalists.

 

Elekolusi said among those who experienced several assault were Mojeed Alabi, Cletus Nkong, Amadin Uyi among others while in line of their duties in the recent times have collectively condemned heinous crimes against the noble profession of journalism and demand an end to it.

 

 

“While these heinous crimes and human rights violations against journalists are being condemned by the United Nations on this day, Nigeria as a country must also ensure that the safety of her Fourth Realm of the Estate is prioritised at all times.

 

“Journalists are the agents of change, who promote transparency and accountability in any sane society.

 

“It is quite disheartening that media strangulation and attempts to silence the voice of the truth in Nigeria are not being perceived as major damaged to our society itself.,

 

“Journalists are now scared to perform in their duties due the threats and fear of being killed or incarcerated unjustly.

 

“Nigerian authorities have legally binding obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights to freedom of information, freedom of expression, media freedom and

personal liberty of everyone,” he said.

 

He said has Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, JAP collectively urge the state actors and other constituted authorities in Nigeria to prioritise the protection and safety of every Journalist across the country so as to ensure fairness and equity in the polity.

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