No fewer than eight journalists have been reportedly killed whereas finishing up their duties throughout the present regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The regime additionally recorded 300 violations and harassment which affected about 500 journalists, media employees, and media homes within the nation.
This was revealed on Wednesday in Abuja throughout the launch and official presentation of the State of Media Freedom in Nigeria by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) and Hewlett Foundation.
The report described the killings and unwarranted assaults on journalists and protesters as worrisome and a significant concern for press freedom and freedom of expression.
The Executive Director, Citizen Advocacy for Social and Economic Right (CASER) Frank Tietie, who introduced the report at NUJ Secretariat in Utako, stated the incessant instances of media repression has taken the nation again to the darkish days of the army rule which the President was a part of.
The report added that Nigeria is being recognized with notoriety for its failure to deal with impunity for crimes towards journalists, together with unresolved killings.
The report stated, “For example, in 2017, four journalists were killed in separate incidents with no credible inquiry yet to find the culprits and their motive for the fatal attacks. The four were a cameraman with the Anambra Broadcasting Services, Ikechukwu Onubogu; Lawrence Okojie of the Nigerian Television Authority in Edo State; a Desk Editor with Glory FM in Bayelsa State, Famous Giobaro and freelance broadcaster in Ekiti State, Abdul Ganiyu Lawal.
“Four more journalists have since been killed under circumstances that have yet to be clarified through any credible investigations. The killing on July 22, 2019 of Precious Owolabi, a reporter with the Channels Television in Abuja while covering a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria-IMN, was agonising.”
The report additionally stated clamping down on the media was an indication of weak democracy and a restive authorities.
On his half the NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo described the killing of journalists as barbaric, including that security of journalists ought to embrace absence of arrest, assault, confiscation of kit and harassment.