Friday, 3 May 2013
Nigeria is most dangerous place for journalists in Africa after Somalia
A survey carried out by global media advocacy organisation, the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), says Nigeria emerged as the most dangerous place in Africa, after Somalia, for journalists.
The survey believes that this is the case following increasing anti-press violence and prosecutions especially by government officials and security agencies.
The survey also shows that this is perhaps the darkest time for journalists in the country as this is the first time Nigeria will appear on the CPJ’s Global Impunity Index which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country’s population.
The report said Nigerian Journalists had experienced a decade of relative security before the recent targeting of journalists.
“Investigations into these killings are usually carried out with sloppiness, and no real culprits are caught,” said Ayode Longe, a senior officer with the Media Rights Agenda, a press freedom group in Nigeria, who was quoted in the report.