‘Why journalists need protection as frontline workers in COVID-19 fight’Features — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News


Though Nigeria may have moved up five steps in the World Press Freedom ranking, 115 among 180 countries, communication experts believe there are still more to be done. According to Reporters Without Borders (RWB), Nigeria moved up five steps from 120.

In its summary note about the country, RWB stated: “Nigeria is now one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists, who are often spied on, attacked, arbitrarily arrested or even killed. Two journalists have been shot dead while covering the Islamic Movement in Nigeria protests – one in July 2019 and the other in January 2020 – without any proper investigation with the aim of identifying those responsible.”

However, industry watchers believe that the media has been responsible for the ‘sanity’ experienced across the country at this time of coronavirus pandemic, informing and educating the public.

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Source: Guardian Newspaper