In her welcome address, the Programme Officer of IPC, Stella Nwofia, said the workshop became imperative taking cognizance of the attacks on journalists in the country.
She said the experts’ meeting was being convened as part of a project on safety of journalists and conflicts in with the objective to conduct an assessment that would provide a baseline information on safety of journalists in Nigeria especially in the context of UNESCO’s Journalists’ Safety Indicator at the national level so as to facilitate an intervention plan by UNESCO, its partners and other interested stakeholders.
As you know ever since the Federal Government passed the freedom of information act which should enable the journalists obtain information from the government without molestation the reverse however has been the case.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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