Avoid bullying, journalists ‘ abuse, Amnesty International Tells Buhari

Amnesty International called on the Nigerian government to end the country-wide climate of fear and persecution against journalists and media organizations.

The organization’s country leader, Osai Ojigbo, declared this in Abuja on Monday during a public presentation of a document called “Endangered Voices.”

Ojigbo said, “This year at various times at least 19 journalists have been detained.

“Increasingly, the human rights cost of receiving and sharing information for journalists, bloggers and activists to operate in a climate of fear.

“This is totally unacceptable. The authorities must immediately put an end to this hostility towards human rights.”

She acknowledged that Amnesty International has investigated the cases of reporters who over the past five years have been arrested, harassed or intimidated.

Ojigbo further explained that the investigation revealed a disturbing escalation in the threat from the authorities and attacks on Nigerian journalists, who expressed government critical views on both conventional and social media.

She added, “The escalating clampdown on freedom of expression and freedom of the media is mostly perpetrated by the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Services ‘ military and officials.”