Security expert, University don urge journalists to be security conscious

Nigeria journalists have been advised to be safety conscious, while carrying out of their duties. This was the agreed opinion at a symposium organised by the Safety and Security Watch Group, yesterday in Alausa, Lagos.

Themed Safety of Journalists and the Challenge of Impunity in Nigeria: Lessons and Actions, the colloquium was held to mark the 2018 world day of safety of Journalists and to seek ways to ensure the enforcement of freedom for journalists in report gathering. It also aimed at educating journalists on the need to take safety precautions whenever they go out into the field to gather information.

Addressing journalists, Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Cletus Akhigbe, praised the courageous efforts of journalists to source for information, even in dangerous climes so as to give accurate and vital information on a daily basis.

“I want to use this opportunity to celebrate the Nigerian Journalists, who put their lives and that of their family members at risk so as to give us detailed and useful information. I must commend them for their selfless service to the nation which are through holding accountable the government and monitoring the activities of her citizens.”

Akhigbe, who is the National President of National Industrial Safety Council (NISCN), however, admonished journalists to be safety conscious whenever they go out to cover assignments, as he believes no news is worth a journalist’s life.

Also, guest lecturer, Prof. Lai Oso, in his speech, bemoaned the global persecution of journalists as he cited the recent murder of Jamal Khashoggi as a typical example of what the media is currently passing through. According to him, journalists have become one of the endangered species in the world due to uprisings in various countries.

“We are going through a difficult period globally and journalists have been on the receiving end. This issue we are discussing today have been the most talked-about topic globally in the last two weeks. It has raised serious concerns among local and international media establishments and seems to be getting worse by the day.”

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