Frequently Asked Questions

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What is PAT?

PAT is an ancronym for Press Attack Tracker. As the name implies, PAT is a platform used to track and report attacks on the press.
The platform will provide a map of threats and attacks on the press thus improving data for periodic review.

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Who is involved in the site?

PAT is led by the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism with the sole responsibility of collecting and inputting data of harrassed and attacked Journalists.

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What is the information used for?

The tracker is the innovative outcome of Premium Times Center for Investigative Jounalism with the support of Free Press Unlimited to serve as an advocacy tool for Press Freedom in the wider Nigerian society.

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Who funds PAT?

The platform is funded by the Free Press Unlimited.

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Who does PAT count as a Journalist?

PAT adopts a functional definition of who is considered a Journalist. It doesn't matter whether the individual has a press pass or went to journalism school, whether they work for print, broadcast, multimedia, online or as a freelancer.
What matters is whether the person was performing an act of journalism. The tracker will count journalists whose rights

to gather and disseminate information were violated in the course of their work or as a result of their work.
While we recognize the importance and the rights of the private citizen who snaps a photo or video of an arrest, this site will only cover individuals who self-identify as journalists and have some previous track record of journalistic work.