DSS Vs Sowore: Wole Soyinka Centre Stops Award To Osinbajo
The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism [WSCIJ] has postponed the presentation of award to the Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo following the Department of State Security (DSS) imbroglio with publisher of SaharaReporters and convener of #RevolutionNow, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.
The Executive Director/CEO of Wole Soyinka Centre, Mr. Motunrayo Alaka announced this in a press statement issued early Monday Morning.
Mr. Alaka said that the postponement was decided on, to align with protests against the repression of freedom of speech in recent times, especially the incidence between DSS and Sowore.
He noted that Vice President Osinbajo himself shares this awareness and the inappropriateness of the award at this point.
He, however, maintained that the award presentation programme will hold as scheduled on Monday, 9th December 2019, by 6pm.
13 journalists from print, online, television, radio, photo, and editorial cartoon categories will be celebrated.
Veteran photojournalist, Sunmi Smart-Cole and Amnesty International will also be presented honorary awards of the Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence and the Anti-Corruption Defender Award (Human Rights Specialty) respectively.
WSCIJ holds the award presentation event on December 9 to coincide with the World Anti-Corruption Day and eve of the World Human Rights Day to highlight the importance of investigative reporting as a tool for accountability, good governance and Social Justice in a democracy.
The award event is free to attend for members of the general public.