Sunday, May 16, 2010

Three Nigerian journalists slain

Three journalists slain


Three Nigerian journalists were killed in separate incidents on 24 April, report the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and other IFEX members. One journalist was shot dead in his home, and two others were hacked to death by rioters while trying to cover local unrest.

In the city of Jos, Muslim rioters - enraged over finding an allegedly Muslim corpse close to a church - attacked and killed editor Nathan S. Dabak and reporter Sunday Gyang Bwede. Both journalists worked for a Christian newspaper, "The Light Bearer". They were on their way to interview a local politician when they were stabbed by rioters.

Jos is located in the central Plateau State. The area has experienced a history of clashes between its Christian and Muslim communities, with journalists suffering deadly consequences.

In a Lagos suburb, two gunmen broke into the home of Edo Sule Ugbagwu, a court reporter for "The Nation" newspaper. The intruders demanded money. When Ugbagwu shouted at them to leave, they shot him in the head and left without taking anything. It is unclear if the murder was connected to his work but the circumstances were suspicious, according to details provided by his family to MRA.

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