FG vows to end impunity against journalists

The Nigerian Government has vowed to end impunity against journalists. Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, stated this at an event marking the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists’.

Malami spoke on the topic ‘Media Civil Society and Violence-free Election in Nigeria’, in which he said that legally justifiable action against anyone who attacked a journalist.

In his goodwill statement, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said that a free press is vital to functioning democracy, by exposing wrongdoing, navigating the complex world and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Yet, more than 70 journalists have been killed this year simply for fulfilling this role in society. Most of these crimes go unsolved. Meanwhile, a record number of journalists are incarcerated today, while threats of imprisonment, violence and death keep growing.

“As we mark its 10th anniversary, I call on governments and the international community to take the necessary steps to protect our journalists. We must end a common culture of impunity and enable journalists to do their essential work,” the UN scribe said.

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