Nigeria's penchant for press freedoma has dropped further in the ranking of countries that support it. Reporters Without Borders, also known as Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), said that Nigeria dropped a place from 119 in 2018 to 120, among 180 countries.
There is incessant harassment and intimidation of Nigerian journalists by military officers and politicians in the country, the report claims.
When Nigerian journalists try to politics, terrorism and financial embezzlement, they face obstacles.
“The defence of quality journalism and the protection of journalists need to be priorities during Buhari’s second term," said the report.
“Africa’s most populous nation has more than 100 independent newspapers and yet covering stories involving politics, terrorism or financial embezzlement by the powerful proves problematic.
“Journalists are often threatened, subjected to physical violence or denied access to information by government officials, police and sometimes the public itself. The all-powerful regional governors are often the most determined persecutors and act with complete impunity.
The report also mentioned that in 2018, one governor had the premises of a radio station razed after a series of reports criticizing his handling of local affairs. Police also detained a journalist for several days in an attempt to identify his sources.
RSF also condemned the 2015 cyber-crime law which seemingly supports the arrest and prosecution of journalists and bloggers.