Nigeria: 41 Attacks On Journalists Recorded In Eight Months – IPC

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International Press Centre said that no Fewer than 41 journalists have been attacked at different locations in the country in the course of their duties between January and August.

IPC Programme Officer Mrs Melody Akinjiyan-Lawal made the revelation during a webinar on Edo and Ondo State elections in Benin on Monday.

The webinar was organised by the IPC in conjunction with the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria for journalists.

Akinjiyan-Lawal who spoke on Journalists safety during elections said that of the 41 attacks, 35 were on male while five were female.

She noted that the nature of the attacks were in form of harassment, threats to life, physical and verbal assault as well as damage to work equipment among others.

The Programme officer explained that journalists needed to take cognizance of the fact that nothing had changed in the way and manner politicians viewed election to be a do-or-die affair and journalists must report effectively while staying safe in the dangerous electoral terrain.

Akinjiyan-Lawal stated that journalists covering the Edo and Ondo elections must not be partisan but must be smart and ensure that they moved in groups during the exercise.

In his remarks, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, spoke on the proactive measures taken by the commission to address security concerns ahead of the polls.

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