IFJ Condemns Killing of Journalist in Nigeria

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned in the strongest terms possible

the killing of Enenche AKogwu, a reporter with Channels Television station, who

was gunned down in Kano, Nothern Nigeria, on Friday, 20 January,

2012. 

According to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), an affiliate

of the IFJ, Enenche, died from gunshot wounds sustained during an exchange of

gunfire between the police and members of the Boko Haram sect around the Farm

House of Kano metropolis, while covering the sect's onslaught on the

city.

"We condemn this latest killing which shows that journalists in

Nigeria need adequate protection in the face of increasing risks," said Gabriel

Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. "Our Nigerian colleagues have been confronted with a

wave of brutal killings over the past few years, while the perpetrators of these

heinous crimes remain at large. This environment has played in the hands of

those who wish to silence media."

Three months ago, Zakariya Isa, another

journalist from Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in Maiduguri, was shot and

killed in front of his house by members of the Boka Haram Sect.

The IFJ

reiterates it stance that violence against journalists should not be tolerated

and calls on the Nigerian Federal Government to redouble its efforts in ensuring

public order and make every effort to punish crime, including violence targeting

journalists.

 "The Nigerian Government must take the safety and

protection of journalists seriously," added Baglo. "It is important to create a

safe environment which allows the media to work independently and play its

important role in the consolidation of democratic governance. Anything short of

this will be considered as a deliberate omission on the side of the

authorities."

 

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The IFJ represents more than

600.000 journalists in 131 countries