Monday, May 20, 2024

Stop using repressive laws to intimidate journalists – SERAP, NGE tell Nigerian Govt


The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge, SERAP, and Nigeria Guild of Editors, NGE, have known as on Nigerian authorities in any respect ranges of presidency to cease utilizing repressive and anti-media legal guidelines to focus on, intimidate and harass journalists, critics and media homes.

The teams made the demand after an interactive session on ‘the state of press freedom in Nigeria’ held on the Radisson Blu Lodge in Ikeja.

In a joint assertion, SERAP and NGE mentioned that, “the federal government of President Bola Tinubu, the nation’s 36 governors and FCT minister should now genuinely uphold press freedom, guarantee entry to info to all Nigerians, obey court docket judgments, and respect the rule of legislation”.

They expressed issues in regards to the escalating crackdown on the precise to freedom of expression and media freedom and the flagrant disregard for the rule of legislation by authorities in any respect ranges of presidency.

The teams notice that the suppression of the press in current instances takes numerous types starting from extrajudicial to illegal detentions, disappearances, malicious prosecutions and wrongful use of each laws and legislation enforcement.

The assertion learn partly: “We might proceed to talk reality to energy and to carry authorities to account for his or her constitutional and worldwide obligations together with on freedom of expression and media freedom.

“Nigeria as a rustic has an extended and unsightly historical past of press gagging and clampdown on media freedom, which is proof of intensive state censorship of media and in some instances, the utter management of state-owned media homes.

“This place has not modified significantly regardless of nearly 25 years of unbroken democratic rule within the Fourth Republic.”

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