The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State council, says it will hold a “peaceful mass rally” on Thursday (today) to protest the incessant harassment and attacks on journalists in the state.
The council Chairman, Mr. Deji Elumoye, said the assault on Benedict Uwalaka, a photojournalist withLeadership Newspapers, was a vivid example of what journalists go through in the state in the course of their duties.
He added that the assault on Uwalaka on Thursday in the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja was one too many.
He said, “The union’s congress has decided that a peaceful mass protest must be held to register our grievances.
“The rally will take off from our secretariat here at Ladi Lawal Press Centre and will move to the Governor’s Office, Lagos House, Ikeja.”
Elumoye said apart from the rally, the union was preparing to sue LASUTH and the managers of TOS Funeral Services over the assault on Uwalaka.
He said, “The council is particularly concerned about the recurring attacks and harassment of journalists by security personnel and members of the public.
“We are also insisting that those involved in the assault on Uwalaka be brought to justice.”