The International Press Center, IPC, on Wednesday, launched the Nigerian Journalist Internet Rights Initiatives, NJIRI.
The launch was done to commemorate the 2018 World Press Freedom Day.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Sanmi Falobi, Programme Manager of IPC, said the NJIRI is an initiative aimed at protecting the rights of online journalists.
“Traditional media journalists have been facing a lot attacks. As the media is beginning to go Digital, we thought it necessary to also safeguard the use of the online space for public dissemination of information,” he said.
“We want journalists online to be free to express themselves without threat, fear or intimidation.”
The IPC also called for the prompt presidential assent of the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill. While the Senate passed the bill in March 2018, the House of Representatives passed the bill in December 2017.
The Digital Rights and Freedom Bill provide for the protection of internet users from infringement of their fundamental freedoms and guarantee the application of human rights for digital platform users.
Present at the event were Qasim Akinreti, Lagos chapter Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ, Taiwo Obe, Founder Journalism Clinic, and Tunde Akanni, School of Communication, Lagos state University.
Others include Lekan Otufodunrin, Managing Editor Online, The Nation Newspapers, Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative, PIN, and Yinka Shokunbi, Managing Editor, HealthStylePlus, amongst others.
By Raphael Adenaike