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