Nigeria: CPJ Urges Nigerian Authorities to Examine Assaults On Journalists Following Court docket Judgment

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Abuja — Nigerian authorities should adjust to a federal excessive courtroom judgment ordering the federal government to analyze and maintain accountable these accountable for attacking journalists in Nigeria, the Committee to Shield Journalists stated Thursday.

In 2021 Nigerian native press freedom group Media Rights Agenda (MRA) filed a lawsuit requesting the courtroom to compel the federal authorities to analyze and prosecute assaults on the press. On February 16, the courtroom dominated in favor of MRA, calling “the failure of the federal authorities of Nigeria to take efficient authorized and different measures to analyze, prosecute and punish perpetrators of assaults towards journalists and different media practitioners” a breach of the federal government’s statutory responsibility, based on the ruling, which CPJ reviewed. The courtroom ordered the federal government to “to take measures to stop assaults on journalists and different media practitioners.”

“Authorities in Nigeria should take swift and clear steps to adjust to the federal excessive courtroom ruling instructing them to analyze and maintain accountable these accountable for attacking and killing journalists,” stated Angela Quintal, head of CPJ’s Africa program, in New York. “Investigations that ship justice for slain or attacked journalists could be an illustration of political will on the a part of Nigeria’s authorities to enhance press freedom within the nation.”

Whereas the judgment addressed journalists’ rights usually, MRA’s lawsuit listed a number of examples of unsolved journalist killings, together with NewsWatch journal co-founder Dele Giwa, killed by a letter bomb in 1986; Bolade Fasasi, shot useless in 1998; and Omololu Falobi, shot useless in 2006.