The United Nations, UN, and government of the United Kingdom, UK, have condemned the attack on Media houses and Journalists in Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, describing it as disturbing,
The UN and UK, therefore, urged the authorities to stop all harassment and victimisation of the Press, which is crucial in holding governments accountable to the people.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, made this known on Monday, on the occasion of the 2020 International Day to End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists.
She tweeted: “A free Press is essential for an informed citizenry. Journalists play a crucial role in holding our governments to account and preventing impunity. Journalists should never be intimidated or attacked for pursuing the truth.”
Also, the Director, United Nations Information Centre in Nigeria, Ronald Kayanja, said at a virtual event on Monday, that Journalists and Media houses must be protected by all means.
Kayanja stated that attacks on Journalists and Media houses are a cause for concern, and called on authorities to investigate such cases, while allowing the relevant arms of the law to bring justice in those situations.
Kayanja also said that one way to curb fake news, is to empower the independence of the Media.
The UN Official said: “One way to fight fake news and hate speech which is pervasive through digital Media, is to strengthen the independent Media.
“Just like support is being provided for other sectors of the economy, to build back a better Media, the industry should also be supported.”
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