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Amnesty International Demands thorough Investigation of attacks on journalists, bloggers, media activists

Amnesty International has asked Nigerian Authorities at federal and states level thoroughly investigate attacks against Journalists, bloggers and Media practitioners in Nigeria .

The Amnesty International in a report made available to our correspondent demanded for Justice for anyone suspected to be responsible for the attacks on Journalists, bloggers and media activists through fair trials.

It said that Since 2015, attack on journalists and media activists have continued unabated. Between January and September 2019, at least 19 journalists and media practitioners have suffered attack.

In the report AI said,”the Nigerian authorities at both federal and state levels have violated and repressed the human rights of bloggers, journalists, broadcasters and social media users.

“Nigerian authorities have legally binding obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of information, media freedom and personal liberty in Nigeria.

In this regard, Amnesty International recommends that the Nigerian authorities at both the federal and state levels: Immediately end violations and abuses of the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of information, media freedom and personal liberty, by ensuring that journalists, bloggers and media activists have access to information and are able to do their job freely without any fear of reprisal.

“Thoroughly and effectively investigate allegations of attacks against journalists, bloggers and media activists and bring to justice anyone suspected to be responsible through fair trials.

“Adopt appropriate measures towards the full and effective realisation of rights to freedom of expression, freedom of information, media freedom and personal liberty and ensure the effective implementation of the Freedom of
Information Act (2011);

“Take urgent steps to amend the Cybercrime Act (2015) and other laws that unduly restrict the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of information, media freedom and personal liberty and bring all such laws in strict compliance with Nigeria’s international human rights obligations and commitments; and Issue clear directives to the police, the military, officials of the DSS and other state agents to refrain from applying existing laws in a manner that restricts or interferes with rights to freedom of expression, freedom of information, media freedom and personal liberty of journalists, bloggers and other media practitioners.”

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