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'No impunity for crimes against journalists'

03 Novembre 2017

"As the World observes this day, we call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to be conscious of the fact that as professionals whose responsibility is to monitor governance and hold Government accountable to the masses, and to educate and enlighten society, journalists should as a group be given adequate protection in the discharge of their duties", the NUJ said in a statement by its National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman.

While we criticized the tedious environment in which these journalists worked which may have led to their deaths, the Union call on the owners of the media organization to work towards settling the debts owed their workers, as these are what constitute impediment and impunity against Journalists. These include the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre, which claimed the lives of 58 persons, 32 of them media workers.

It calculates the number of unsolved murders over a 10-year period as a percentage of each country's population.

The group is tasked to investigate new cases of media killings and has accounted for three cases since President Duterte signed Administrative Order 1, which created it on October 11, 2016.

He added that Duterte, in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), stated that the government does not condone violence and repression of media.

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The Committee to Protect Journalists' 10th Annual Global Impunity Index ranked the Philippines the fifth-worst country with regards to the impunity with which journalists are killed.

"The PTFOMS is constantly monitoring, following up and providing legal assistance as necessary to family members of victims of media violence".

They also stressed that "the end of impunity begins with a commitment at the most senior levels to stop the hateful rhetoric, end detentions and prosecutions of journalists, and take steps to bring all attackers to justice".

As the world marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State Council stands in solidarity with all brutalized and harassed journalists within Lagos and other parts of the country.

"Justice is a cornerstone of a free society". Eight years after the Ampatuan massacre, none of the close to 100 charged for the slaughter is close to conviction and one of the principal accused is out on bail. Any alleged unlawful killing, ill-treatment, threat or attack against journalists, whether by State or non-State actors, should be promptly investigated in an effective and independent manner, with a view to prosecuting the perpetrators of such crimes and bringing them to justice.

'No impunity for crimes against journalists'