Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Ninth Senate, underscores the pressing need to protect journalists, preserve press freedom, and eradicate impunity for crimes against them.
In a statement to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, Lawan highlighted the crucial role of journalists in promoting accountability and democratic values.
Journalists face unprecedented risks, with over 1,600 journalists killed worldwide in the past 17 years, according to data from the United Nations Observatory of Killed Journalists.
Senator Lawan emphasizes that crimes against journalists, when left unpunished, undermine democracy and press freedom.
Lawan calls on governments, institutions, and civil society organizations to collaborate in holding perpetrators accountable and ensuring justice for attacks on journalists.
He advocates for the development of a national plan to establish protective measures that guarantee journalists’ safety and bring an end to impunity.
The President of the Ninth Senate believes that ending impunity for crimes against journalists requires comprehensive legal frameworks, effective investigation mechanisms, and unbiased judicial processes.
These steps can help combat impunity, protect freedom of expression, and safeguard those on the frontlines of truth.
Lawan stresses the importance of education in combating impunity.
Raising awareness about the threats journalists face and promoting media literacy can foster a culture of respect for journalism and a society that values press freedom as a cornerstone of democracy.
On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, Senator Ahmad Lawan urges all stakeholders to take immediate action to end impunity and protect those who tirelessly bring truth to light.
Safeguarding press freedom and defending the rights of journalists are crucial for a just and democratic society.