The safety of journalists and the danger of impunity catalogues the responses of Government to UNESCO’s formal updates on progress in cases of assaults on journalists and media workers.
November 2 every year since 2013 has continued to serve as a platform where Nations of the world draw attention of violent crimes against journalists and media workers.
Organizations and individuals worldwide are encouraged to talk about the unresolved cases of attacks against journalists across the globe with particular reference to Nigeria.
In the past fourteen years, precisely from 2006 to 2019, close to one thousand two hundred journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public.
In nine of every ten cases of attacks on journalists, the killers go unpunished hence impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and breakdown of law and order.
The 2020 International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists with the theme “Strengthening Investigations and Prosecutions to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is considered apt as it tends to bring offenders to justice legally.
Some journalists who spoke while reacting to this years event including the Delta State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Mike Okeogwu, the Assistant secretary of the NUJ Delta State Chapter, Comrade Felix Ekwu and a member of the NUJ Delta Broadcasting Service, DBS Warri chapel, Comrade Patrick Edema all bared their minds on the harassments faced by the journalists while discharging their constitutional duties.
Comrades Ikeogwu, Ekwu and Edema sued for the orientation of the masses especially security personnel’s for them to see journalists as Nation builders and also as partners in progress.
The respondents while commending the United Nations for remembering to celebrate journalists equally enjoined journalists to imbibe the ethics of the profession while discharging the