The International Press Centre (IPC), has revealed that about 66 Nigerian journalists and three media houses suffered various forms of attack in 2022.
Mrs Melody Akinjiyan, the Programme Officer, IPC, made this known on Friday while presenting report of attack on journalists in 2022 at the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), Media Roundtable in Ibadan.
The WPFD Media Roundtable and Stakeholders’ Forum on Journalists’ Safety and Protecting Freedom of Expression in the age of Misinformation and Disinformation.
The event was organised by IPC, in partnership with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council and sponsored by Open Society Foundation.
IPC Director, Mr Lanre Arogundade, launched the centre for safety and protection of journalists (I-CSPJ).
Akinjiyan said that the 66 reported attacks on journalists recorded in the year 2022, was worrisome rise compared to the over 40 cases recorded in 2021.
Others were denial of access to information (1), harassment (2), unlawful arrest and detention (21), hacking of account (1) and threat to sanction/payment of fine (2).
“Of the 66 journalists, 56 are males and 10 females. Among them are 13 print journalists, 26 broadcast, 24 online media practitioners and three others.
“Twenty-six of the journalists are from the South-West, 16 from North-Central, 10 from South-South, six from North-East, four from North-West and 10 from South-East.
“The states where the incident happened are Zamfara, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi, Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Enugu, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Cross River and FCT Abuja,” she said.
The programme officer said that the various attacks, as reported, were allegedly carried out by security agencies, political thugs, armed robbers and militant groups like the Islamic State’s of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Akinjiyan, however, urged journalists to demonstrate greater sense of solidarity in dealing with attacks on media and abuses on rights of colleagues in the profession.
She explained that the figures compiled were the only reported of the several unreported cases, urging journalists to share information on attacks with IPC.
Akinjiyan also urged journalists to always bring issues on journalists’ attack, safety, freedom and welfare to the front burner.