The International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria, has condemned the severe and violent attacks on media houses across the country.
In a press release signed by the IPC Program / Safety Alert Desk Officer, Melody Lawal, he listed the affected media houses to include: The Nation Newspaper Lagos, Africa Independent Television (AIT) Benin and journalists working with Punch Newspaper and other media organisations who are covering the protests were attacked following the ongoing riotous movement.
The statement read, “This has led to the forced closure of many media organisations. IPC finds these recurrent attacks very worrisome and alarming as the rate keeps increasing. Lives and properties associated with these media organizations will no doubt be on the receiving end of these reprisals.
“IPC notes that, the media is the voice of the people and so should not be made to suffer from the anger against perceived issues of bad governance. Journalists are also part of the society and their role in reporting issues and happenings of society is imperative.
“We are calling on the aggrieved citizens to reason that destroying and attacking the media is inimical to desired outcome.
“We seek the immediate intervention of the government especially that of President Muhammadu Buhari to assuage the aggrieved citizens to end these unfortunate attacks, the statement concluded.