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LightRay! Media 2023 Report on Safety for Journalists and Comms Practitioners

Following LightRay! Media’s training of journalists in Abuja in September 2023 across media organisations in Nigeria, the safety of media practitioners is not only a matter of human rights issues, but also a cornerstone of democracy and societal progress.

This report explores the challenges faced by media practitioners in Nigeria and the imperative need to mitigate and address them, drawing on accessible data to highlight the gravity of the situation.

To understand the safety of media practitioners in Africa, it is essential to place it in a global context. According to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), violence against journalists and media workers is a widespread problem worldwide.

Key discoveries identified in this report includes:
● Safety fears for communication professionals have majorly been from security personnel (15.6%) and government intimidations (15.6%). Participants are also concerned about the low compensation rate (15.6%) for practitioners.
● Women in the male-dominated industry also worry about gender harassment (12.5%) and superior intimidation in the newsroom (12.5%). Lack of credibility on pension and insurance take up the same level of concern (12.5%)
● Other causes of worry for participating practitioners include poor work orientation (3.1%), lack of access to quality FOI (6.3%), journalists’ well-being (3.1%) and social media intimidation (3.1%)

Download full report (2023 under review) by LightRay Media.


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