Nigerian Elections: BBC, PTCIJ, YIAGA AFRICA, Others Condemn Attacks On Journalists

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa and other groups have condemned attacks on journalists during the 2019 general elections.

Reports from the media and election situation rooms indicated several journalists and election observers were attacked during the polls while others were denied access to cover election proceedings.

Groups including Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, (PTCIJ) BBC World Service Group, YIAGA AFRICA, Connected Development (CODE) have condemned the attacks.

The community to Protect Journalist (CPJ), and The International Press Centre (IPC) also condemned the attacks.

The groups also urged the federal government to ensure a safe environment for journalists during subsequent elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), conducted the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 23, while governorship and state assembly elections were held on March 9. Supplementary elections in five states were held on March 23.

The BBC in a statement emailed to PREMIUM TIMES, condemned the harassment of two of its reporters during the governorship election dscribing it as ‘completely unacceptable’.

”Dooshima Abu, was assaulted on February 27. The BBC reporter was assigned to film a procession in front of the Benue State government house when she was attacked by a policewoman and other people.

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