Nigerian Journalists gather to talk on welfare

Nigerian Journalists gather to talk on welfare

A roundtable discussion around the welfare of Nigerian journalists will hold in Abuja, Tuesday 28 August.

Event Organizers, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), said in a release on Friday that a social media campaign with the same purpose will hold earlier on the day.

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Nigerian Journalists Welfare Campaign

Nigerian Journalists Welfare Campaign

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism in partnership with its strategic partner, Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), is conducting a social media campaign “Journalists Welfare Campaign” and a roundtable discussion for Journalists on the 28th August 2018 in Abuja Nigeria.

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The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom demands sanctions against the IG of Police

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom demands sanctions against the IG of Police

On Friday morning, the 17th of August 2018, Samuel Ogundipe, a Nigerian journalist detained since Tuesday the 14th of August was finally released after he met his bail conditions.

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) is relieved with the release of Samuel Ogundipe and the opportunity for him to reunite with his family, colleagues and the general public. However, we would like to bring it to your attention that Samuel Ogundipe should have never been arrested and kept in custody without contact with his lawyers.

The Coalition is happy that a part of the constitution has been respected but we call for the justice system to sanction the IG of police for his violation of the Nigerian constitution. The constitution also declares in chapter II section 39 subsection (1) of the 1999 constitution; Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference. When the Nigerian Police coerced Samuel Ogundipe to reveal his sources they violated an essential part of the constitution.

The arrest of Samuel is unlawful, unwarranted and unjustifiable, and we, therefore, urge that all charges against him be dropped. In line with Section 35(6) of the constitution. We also hereby call on the government to make a public apology and pay him a compensation for the unwarranted violation of his rights, the damage to his business and losses arising therefrom, the disruption of his life, the physical and psychological trauma to which he has been subjected.

The coalition would like to bring to the attention of the general public to the importance of a free press in any democracy so that it may function and fulfil its constitutional duties. The coalition calls on the government to protect the press and not let its oppressors thrive in impunity.

Signed

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom demands FG to compensate Jones Abiri

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom demands FG to compensate Jones Abiri

On Wednesday evening, the 15th of August 2018, Jones Abiri, a Nigerian journalist detained for over two years was released after he met his bail conditions.

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) is excited about the release of Jones Abiri and the long agitated opportunity for him to reunite with his family, colleagues and the general public. However, we would like to bring it to your attention that Jones Abiri should have never been arrested and kept in custody for two years without charges and without contact with his family.

It should be noted that the State Security Service and by implication the Federal Government violated the Sections 35, 36 and 39 of the Nigerian constitution and disregarded the rule of law in the manner it handled Jones Abiri’s case.

The two-year arrest is unlawful, unwarranted and unjustifiable, we urge that all charges against him be dropped. In line with Section 35(6) of the constitution, we hereby call on the government to make a public apology and pay him a compensation for the unwarranted violation of his rights, the damage to his business and losses arising therefrom, the disruption of his family life for two years, the physical and psychological trauma to which he has been subjected and the repercussions he will live with for the rest of his life.

The coalition would like to bring to the attention of the general public the importance of a free press in any democracy so that it may function and fulfil its constitutional duties. The coalition calls on the government to protect the press and not let its oppressors thrive in impunity.

The coalition in the same breathe calls for the immediate release of Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe who has been kept in SARS custody and refused access to his lawyer. This violation of our democracy and our human rights must be addressed.

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The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom

PTCIJ’s Campus Reporter- Transforming the Lives of Young Journalists

PTCIJ’s Campus Reporter- Transforming the Lives of Young Journalists

Eyes shining, smiling widely, Kabir Adejumo walked forward to receive yet another award, his third of the night. Though he was sitting less than ten steps from the podium, the thrill, euphoria and awe that comes from bagging three awards in one night turned ten steps into a thousand miles, at least according to him. This last award was for the best campus journalist (male) and it is indeed the first of its kind in Nigeria. Read More

International Day Of Yoga: Relevance And Practices In Nigeria

International Day Of Yoga: Relevance And Practices In Nigeria

The United Nations has proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, with the aim to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising yoga. The theme for the 2018 International Day of Yoga organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations is “Yoga for Peace”. The International Day of Yoga continues to grow in popularity because it is now, more than ever, regarded as more than just an exercise but as a great tool for staying healthy. Read More

#FreeKunleAdebajo

#FreeKunleAdebajo

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has released the statement below, appealing to the management of University of Ibadan to consider its decision to rusticate Kunle Adebajo over a critical article published two years ago. Read More

OPPORTUNITY: FREE PRESS UNLIMITED

OPPORTUNITY: FREE PRESS UNLIMITED

Are you an active Nigerian journalist? Are you interested in learning and sharing experiences on fake news, the safety of journalists and journalism that matters? If so, apply to attend the 2018 IPI World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria from June 21-23.

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