From Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna
The Network of Peace Journalists (NPJ) has called for the enactment of laws to protect journalists from impunity, torture, and physical attacks perpetrated by thugs and aggrieved groups.
In a press statement issued on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the NPJ also called for the release of all journalists in captivity across the globe.
The NPJ described impunity for crimes against journalists as “one of the most pressing issues that will ensure freedom of expression and access to information for all citizens worldwide.”
The group noted that journalists across the world face numerous threats, including kidnapping, torture, physical attacks, and harassment, particularly in the digital sphere.
The NPJ stressed that cases of killed and missing journalists are becoming increasingly worrisome in society, highlighting the urgent need for the enactment of laws to protect journalists from all forms of threats and intimidation.
“Recently, a journalist was killed in Zamfara State, Nigeria, and over 20 journalists have been killed in Israel and Palestine this year,” the statement read.
The NPJ called on all security agents worldwide to stop allowing themselves to be used to suppress, oppress, and intimidate journalists. They also called on paramilitary forces to redouble their efforts in protecting citizens and journalists across the globe.
“Journalists play a crucial role in shedding light on the growth and shortcomings of a country and serve as the voice of the masses. They should be allowed to carry out their duties,” NPJ Team Leader Ibrahima Yakubu emphasized.
The NPJ also urged citizens to refrain from promoting fake news.