In the same way the average Nigerian live daily with insecurity caused by insurgents, the nation’s journalism is in great attack from the government. The so-called journalism right and press freedom/ freedom of information is elusive, frustrated and bastardized. Even the people’s right to freedom of speech has totally lost its place.
Canada is getting it right
While the Canadian government is implementing plans and measures to improve the media sector and encourage the country’s journalism market, just as was demonstrated recently with the introduction of CAN$595 million aid package in support of journalism, which is believed will keep original reporting from dying out either it’s in favor of the individuals or groups in government or not, my beloved home nation is putting journalists behind bars for speaking against the ills of government.
A popular scenario in the country is that of a journalist in one of the weekly newspaper service outlets who was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) and held incommunicado for two whole years without trial, another is the arrest of a young man who had spoken poorly about the president on his Facebook account.
For this reason, the reported news in Nigeria has taken a downward spiral over the years and the authenticity of the ones aired or published are as good as cipher. There are numerous existing issues of falsely edited news while the most common press release are lies of infrastructures creation by the government just to harness the votes of the locals in upcoming elections.
I feel very bad and sad about this situation, I wouldn’t even want to imagine the worries that could feel my heart if I were publishing this page in my home country.