The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) condemns a recent attack on the Media Rights Agenda (MRA) office in Lagos by yet-to-be-identified persons in the strongest terms.
Over the years, the MRA has remained a critical pillar advancing the protection of digital rights and press freedom in Nigeria – two defining components of our nascent democracy. We are deeply concerned by the carting away of laptops, hard drives and other devices worth millions of naira, containing sensitive information from years of diligent and impactful work.
This attack is one of many repressive practices in the coordinated onslaught against the media and press freedom in Nigeria. However, like other ones in the past, it will not dampen our spirit and affect our capacity to carry out our work of promoting and defending media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information in Nigeria.
We call on the police and other security agencies to intensify investigations to arrest the attackers, unravel the motive behind the dastardly act and recover the items that were carted away.
The coalition restates the unwavering commitment of the MRA and its other member organisations to continue supporting and entrenching the ideals of democracy in Nigeria.
OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative
Daily Trust Newspaper
Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism
Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID)
African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)
Civic Media Lab
Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC)
International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR)
International Press Centre (IPC)
International Press Institute, Nigeria
Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)
HEDA Resources Centre.