Journalists Safety Initiative launched in Nigeria

Qasim Akinreti, Lagos

A Nigerian Journalists Safety Initiative has been launched in Lagos under the auspices of the International Press Centre and the support of Open Society Foundation.

The initiative launched at the International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria was meant for Journalists and media professionals towards facilitating a free and safe environment for journalists and other media professionals in the country.

Present at the event were the General Secretary of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Ms. Victoria Ibanga; Treasurer of the Lagos State Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mrs Ajayi Theresa, who represented the State Chairman; Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) and Chairman of the Launch, Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye; Director of the International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos, Mr. Lanre Arogundade and Mr. Peter Nkanga, West African Representative of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) who gave the lead presentation.

The event which was attended by mass communication scholars, media experts, editors and reporters from print, broadcast and online media as well as journalism students and civil society activists, also had  an experience sharing session by two journalists: Miss Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna, a freelance journalist  and Mr. Godwin Oritse of the Vanguard, who are facing threats over their investigative reports on an alleged illegal dredging of a company in Lagos by Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, a former interior minister.