BMA's View: Destruction Of Media Houses And Attack On Reporters Not The Answer
The past few weeks have been trying times in Nigeria, and for its people and citizens. Nigerian's have taken to the street to protest the 'incessant' and 'excessive' police brutality.
According to Amnesty International, not less than 38 people lost their lives when what was, by most accounts, peaceful protests, was met with lethal force by Nigerian security agencies. Our heart goes out to all Nigerians that are grieving. We pray for you.
Of particular worry to us at Broadcast Media Africa is the attack and destruction that we have visited on media organisations and staff. We have witnessed the offices of the TVC News headquarters burned to the ground; the Lagos Television (LTV) offices ransacked; and reports of news crews and reporters from AIT, Arise TV, Silverbird and OSBC physically attacked by "demonstrators" and also by members of the security forces.
Media professionals are NOT the enemy. They are working assiduously to bring news and information to everyone, and attacking their persons, or destroying their places of work is not the answer.
We pray for peace and justice in Nigeria. We also say, as loudly and firmly as possible, that the destruction of media houses and violent attack of its practitioners is not the answer.