NUJ urges government to protect journalists against violence

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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The Nigerian Union of Journalist has held a National Day for Protest against impunity for crimes against Nigerian Journalists.

The protest was aimed at addressing the issues of impunity on journalist in the country.

Speaking at the event, the National President of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr. Abdulwaheed Odusile, said that it was imperative for governments at all levels to protect journalists in their domain for the sustenance of democracy.

He said that for democracy to strive, journalists need to be accorded their right place in the society.

The president noted that violence against journalists comes in different forms ranging from non payment of salaries by employers to brutality by security agencies.

He said #EnoughIsEnough.

On her part, the secretary of the Abuja Council of the NUJ, Mrs. Rafat Salami, said over the years, alot of journalist have suffered different forms of impunity in the hands of security agencies and other agents of government.

Members of the Union came out enmass carrying placards with different inscriptions with messages condemning impunity against Journalists in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Union of Journalists has set aside the 30th of August every year as the “National day for protest against impunity for crimes against Nigerian Journalists.”

The day is to be used to draw attention to the issues of violence against journalists in Nigeria.