Assailants attack Rave Television journalist, break camera during Nigeria protest

On November 9, 2019, a group of people attacked Jimoh Ogirima, a journalist with the privately owned broadcaster Rave Television, in Nigeria’s southern Edo State, and damaged his camera while he filmed a protest, according to the news website Newspad, the Ghana-based press freedom organization Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), and Ogirima, who spoke with CPJ by phone.

Ogirima told CPJ that while he was filming protesters at the central hospital in Sapele Road, a district in the state capital, Benin City, at least 10 people whom the journalist described as local security officials, attacked him from behind, slapping him when he turned to confront them, and destroying his camera. The attackers asked Ogirima why he was filming, but attacked before he could answer, Ogirima said.

Oseji Godwin, a reporter for the privately owned broadcaster Silverbird Television and MFWA, who was also covering the protest, told CPJ that several men hit Ogirima and smashed his camera on the floor, while threatening to open fire if protesters did not disperse.

 

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Created: 09/01/2020

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