The United Nations and the British Government have described as disturbing, the increasing attacks on media houses and journalists in Nigeria.
The UN and the UK, therefore, called on the federal Nigerian government to stop all harassment and victimisation of the press.
They both describe the press as crucial in holding governments accountable to the people.
The Director, United Nations Information Centre in Nigeria, Ronald Kayanja, said at a virtual event on Monday that journalists and media houses must be protected by all means.
Kayanja said that attacks on journalists and media houses were a cause for concern and called on authorities to investigate such cases while allowing the relevant arms of the law to bring justice in those situations.
Kayanja also said one way to curb fake news is to empower the independence of the media.
“One way to fight fake news and hate speech which is pervasive through digital media is to strengthen the independent media.
“Just like support is being provided for other sectors of the economy, to build back a better media the industry should also be supported,” the UN official said.
Similarly, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said on Monday on the occasion of the 2020 International Day to End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists.
The high commissioner tweeted, “A free press is essential for an informed citizenry. Journalists play a crucial role in holding our governments to account and preventing impunity. Journalists should never be intimidated or attacked for pursuing the truth.”