NUJ calls for immediate, unconditional release of Journalist Segun Olatunji

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Segun Olatunji, the editor of First News newspapers, who was arrested from his Lagos home on Friday.

NUJ in a statement by its Assistant National Secretary, Akorede Opeyemi, on Tuesday, said:

“The disappearance of Segun Olatunji, the editor of First News newspapers is another sad reminder of the danger being faced on a daily basis by journalists in the line of duty.

“Eye witness reports had it that Olatunji was taken away last Friday in his Lagos home in the presence of his family by ten fully armed men, two of whom were dressed in military uniform .

“Although it is not clear which agency of government was responsible for the arrest of the Journalist, but we believe that freedom of the press and of opinion remain defining elements of the rule of law and democracy.

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“For this reason, it is important for the Nigerian government to work to protect freedom of the press and freedom of movement for media professionals. Safety and Security of Journalists is very important.

“Actions like this are clearly unacceptable and are attempts to intimidate journalists and force them into self-censorship.

“The professional work by Journalists is clearly in the public interest, and acts of impunity against them should not be condoned.

“Olatunji should be released immediately and unconditionally in the interest of democracy, good governance and the rule of law,” the union added.

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