The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) announces its upcoming Journalists Safety Summit, which focuses on the theme “Protecting Press Freedom, Ensuring Journalists’ Safety.”
This crucial event is scheduled to take place on 8 June 2023 and aims to address the pressing challenges faced by journalists in Nigeria regarding their safety and security.
Journalists in Nigeria are regularly prone to numerous attacks, including physical attacks, unlawful arrests, harassment, threats to life, SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation), and murder.
The Press Attack Tracker has documented 610 attacks on journalists in Nigeria since 1985, with unreported incidents likely pushing the actual number even higher.
These relentless attacks have not only taken a toll on the psychological well-being of journalists but have also severely impacted their ability to carry out their professional duties. Journalists often remain unaware of the psychological effects until the issue is addressed directly. This summit aims to prioritise the well-being of journalists’ well-being, offering strategies to enhance their safety.
Recognizing the urgent need to provide a platform for journalists to share their experiences, express concerns, and explore potential solutions, CJID has collaborated with the Nigeria Media Innovation Program (NAMIP) and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) to organise the Journalist Safety Summit.
This event forms part of our efforts to commemorate Press Month. It seeks to foster meaningful dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders invested in promoting press freedom and protecting the rights of journalists.
The Journalists Safety Summit aims to raise awareness about the challenges journalists face in Nigeria and the critical need for measures to safeguard their safety and security. The summit will facilitate the identification of effective strategies to prevent attacks on journalists, encompassing advocacy for legal protections.
Moreover, this summit will encourage the development of a strong synergy between journalists and media organisations dedicated to upholding press freedom and safeguarding the rights of journalists in Nigeria.
In conclusion, the media plays a crucial role in a democratic society, with journalists serving as the driving force behind this role. It is imperative that we prioritise the well-being of journalists to foster a fair and balanced democracy.
Deputy Director, Journalism Program
Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development