The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing reacting to the #EndSARS protests which was hijacked by hoodlums on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 which also led to media houses attacks and harassment of journalists, said the governments is responsible to the people.
At the 2020 International Day to End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists, Laing appealed to the authorities to stop the attack and harassment on the Journalists and the press. She also added that the journalists play an important role in the liberal democracy i.e informing the citizens about politics and shouldn’t be intimidated while carrying out such roles.
In her tweet, she said, “A free press is essential for an informed citizenry. Journalists play a crucial role in holding our governments to account and preventing impunity. Journalists should never be intimidated or attacked for pursuing the truth.”
Adding to the harassment on the journalists and attack on media houses, the United Nations Information Centre Director in Nigeria, Ronald Kayanja, said they should be supported just like it is done to other sectors.
He added that independent media should be build up to fight against fake news and hate speech. He, however, demanded justice for the attacked press officials calling on the right authorities to investigate the attacks.
“One way to fight fake news and hate speech which is pervasive through digital media is to strengthen the independent media.
“Just like support is being provided for other sectors of the economy, to build back a better media the industry should also be supported,” he stated.
TVC, The Nation, were among the media houses attacked by the hoodlums.