Attack on Nigeria media houses: IPI urges government to protect safety of journalists



The International Press Institute, a global network of editors, executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today urged the Nigerian government the security of outlets and journalists following attacks on offices of five houses in Lagos.

The offices of The Nation, the country’s leading daily; the popular television channel TVC; and radio broadcasters Radio Lagos, Eko FM and Traffic FM were attacked by demonstrators who have been protesting against police brutality for over two weeks .

 

 

 

 

 

“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the wanton destruction of assets by protesters”, IPI Nigeria National Chair Kabiru Yusuf said. “While we recognise the right of any aggrieved Nigerian to seek redress through lawful means, including peaceful , assault on houses dangerous and unacceptable.”

Protestors set fire to the office of Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation, on Wednesday evening after invading the premises. Some of the vehicles parked in the premises were also set afire and the intruders looted computers and other office equipment, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief Victor Ifijeh said in a statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Similarly, attackers set ablaze the office of TVC Network in another part of Lagos. The offices of Radio Lagos, Eko FM and Traffic FM were also attacked.

Meanwhile, another prominent TV network, Channels TV, briefly went off air fearing attack by protestors.

 

“The government should provide security to all organizations and ensure the safety of journalists in Lagos and in other parts of the country where are taking place”, IPI Director of Advocacy Ravi R. Prasad said. “It the responsibility of the government that journalists and outlets can their job in reporting on events of public interest without fear.