Wednesday, January 26

Tag: Journalists

Correspondents decry near collapse of Fire Service in Akwa Ibom
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Correspondents decry near collapse of Fire Service in Akwa Ibom

Correspondents of national news media covering Akwa Ibom State have decried the near-collapse of fire service in the state. The woes bedevilling the sector came to the fore when the home of the Eket zonal Correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria, and Vice Chairman of Correspondents Chapel, Comrade Sunday Bassey was engulfed by fire on Monday night. Confirming the state of Fire Service, Secretary of the Chapel and Uyo Correspondent of NAN, Mr. Isaiah Eka said all efforts to reach both Eket zonal and Uyo Fire Service offices to save the situation failed, as they all complained of incapacitation. “I called all the contacts I have on fire service, but they all told me they could not mobilize for such emergency. I had to call the federal Fire Service and was told it was out of their ju...
Anambra journalists still in pains after attack, seek compensation
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Anambra journalists still in pains after attack, seek compensation

Four journalists attacked by hoodlums during the just concluded Anambra State Governorship Election in Okija, Ihiala Local Government Area while carrying out their legitimate duty have appealed for compensation. They pleaded with the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, the Governor-Elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mamoud Yakub and other well meaning individuals to come to their aid. It would be recalled that some journalists,Afam Aminu Chimezie of the Business News Newspaper, Gloria Anaeze of the Daily Independent Newspaper, Eche Nwaobasi also of the Daily Independent and National Light Correspondent for Onitsha, Chike Ifedi and three Election observers nearly lost their lives while covering the exercise. ...
Anambra poll: Hoodlums attack journalists, observers, threaten to burn them alive
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Anambra poll: Hoodlums attack journalists, observers, threaten to burn them alive

A group of journalists in Anambra State with other election observers from Abuja were on Saturday allegedly attacked by suspected hoodlums in Okija in Ihiala Local Government Area of the State. The victims were Afam Aminu of Business News, Gloria Anaeze and Eche Nwaobasi, both of Daily Independent Newspapers as well as two male and one female election observers. They were said to had travelled to the town, the country home of the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Akachukwu Nwamkpo on election coverage. Narrating their ordeal, Anaeze said they had visited some polling units in the area and were on their way to the home of another illustrious son of the community when they were attacked. She said, "We had gone to some of the polling centres in the ...
Media training investment’ll reduce hate speech, misinformation – Group
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Media training investment’ll reduce hate speech, misinformation – Group

Publishers and media owners in Nigeria have been called to invest in capacity building for practicing journalists to fact-check stories, counter hate speech and reduce tension in the political space. An advocacy group, Search for Common Ground (SCG) in Nigeria made the call on Wednesday during an online forum tagged: "The Media and Peaceful Elections: Effective Strategies for Monitoring and Mitigating Hate Speech" ahead of Anambra guber poll. The group also urged proprietors of media houses as well as government at all levels to prioritise journalists' welfare. Founder, Policy Shapers and a panelist on the forum, Ebenezer Wikina regretted increasing cases of journalists being used as tools for the promotion of hate speech in the society. He said the situation was worsened by t...
JUST IN: One feared dead, some Journalists injured in accident involving convoy of Gombe Governor
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JUST IN: One feared dead, some Journalists injured in accident involving convoy of Gombe Governor

Several journalists attached to the convoy of Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, sustained injuries in an accident on Thursday on their way to Gombe from Bauchi State. Yahaya was in Bauchi on Wednesday for the 4th North-East Governors’ Forum meeting which held in Bauchi State. The driver of the crashed vehicle reportedly died in the accident. The meeting was also attended by the Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, while the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku, were represented by their deputies, Idi Gubana and Haruna Manu respectively. The details of the crash are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report but the crash happened close to the boundary between Gombe and Bauchi. The Director-General of Media and I...
Reps to ban journalists without media degree
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Reps to ban journalists without media degree

The Nigerian House of Representatives has started considering a bill which will make it illegal for anyone without the minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree or higher national diploma (HND) in journalism or other related courses to practice journalism in the country. The bill is being sponsored by Francis Agbo, the member representing Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu federal constituency. The bill tagged the Nigerian Press Council Amendment Bill 2019 has already passed first reading on the floor of the house. The bill which is already scheduled for second reading, seeks to amend some sections of the Nigerian Press Council Act Cap N128 LFN 2004. The bill makes provision for those without the basic requirements listed above to “within five years obtain a postgraduate certificate...
CAF bars journalists from covering Nigeria, Sierra Leone match
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CAF bars journalists from covering Nigeria, Sierra Leone match

The Confederation of African Football, CAF has categorically stated that no journalists or supporters would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City for Friday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone. In the guidelines communicated to the Nigeria Football Federation, CAF instructed, under Media Operations, that there would be no mixed zone, virtual press conference only if possible (media officers from both teams only), and that only the TV channels with the rights will be allowed flash interviews. Also, only photographers of participating teams would be allowed at the match. The above puts to rest all previous speculations regarding having spectators at the match venue, and whether m...
41 Attacks On Journalists Recorded In Nigeria In 8 months — IPC
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41 Attacks On Journalists Recorded In Nigeria In 8 months — IPC

The International Press Centre (IPC), has said no fewer than 41 journalists have been attacked at different locations in Nigeria in the course of their duties between January an August. IPC Programme Officer, Mrs Melody Akinjiyan-Lawal, made the revelation during a webinar on Edo and Ondo State elections in Benin on Monday. The webinar was organised by the IPC, in conjuction with the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) for journalists. Akinjiyan-Lawal, who spoke on journalists safety during elections, said of the 41 attacks, 35 were on male, while five were on female and one was on a media house. She noted that the nature of the attacks were in form of harassment, threats to life, physical and verbal assault as well as damage to work ...
Police Using Call Data to Clamp Down on Journalists
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Police Using Call Data to Clamp Down on Journalists

Mobile network providers currently operating in the country are believed to be assisting the Police to arrest journalists over alleged offences, IFE OGUNFUWA reports Conversations and messages on mobile devices are no longer confidential. They have become tools in the hands of law enforcement agents in Nigeria for the purpose of apprehending journalists. Investigation by the Committee To Protect Journalists, a non-profit organisation that promotes press freedom globally, shows that the growing trend of arrest, detention and prosecution of journalists across the country is being facilitated by information shared by telecommunications operators. According to a report by Amnesty International titled, Indiscriminate Detention of Endangered Voices: Attack on Freedom of Expression in N...
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Benin Sentences Journalist to 18 Months in Prison Over Facebook Post

Benin sentenced an investigative journalist to 18 months in prison on Tuesday for comments he posted on social media. Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17. The comments made by the official appeared to criticize the government’s attitude towards freedom of expression. “The internet outage on (legislative) polling day on April 28 is an admission of weakness on the part of those in power,” the prosecutor reportedly said. Sossou “has been convicted of harassment through electronic communications”, his lawyer, Prisca Ogoubi told AFP.  The former French colony has typically been seen as among West Africa’s most stable democracies. But Benin has...
Tragedy: Four Journalists Die, 18 Others Injured in Akwa Ibom Auto Crash
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Tragedy: Four Journalists Die, 18 Others Injured in Akwa Ibom Auto Crash

The Federal Road Safety Corps has said that four members of staff of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation died in a motor accident along Uyo-Oron Road. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victims were returning from the traditional marriage of a colleague’s daughter when the incident occurred. The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Sunday Oghenekaro, disclosed this to NAN in Uyo on Thursday. Oghenekaro said the accident, which occurred on Wednesday evening, was a lone one involving a Hiace bus along Uyo-Oron Road, near Ekpene Ukim in Uruan Local Government Area. He attributed the accident to overloading and speeding, stressing that the 14-seater bus was conveying 22 persons. “Twenty-two persons were involved in the lone accident, comprising six male adults, 14 femal...