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Fani-Kayode’s Outburst, An Attack On Freedom Of The Press – Amnesty International

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Amnesty International has condemned the verbal attacks meted out to Daily Trust newspaper journalist, Eyo Charles by the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.

In a video which has gone viral, Fani-Kayode was seen verbally lashing out the journalist during a press conference in Calabar, Cross River State on August 20.

Fani-Kayode insulted Charles for demanding to know who was funding the former minister’s ongoing tour of the South.

While reacting to the incident, the international rights organisation on its Twitter handle, @AmnestyNigeria wrote, “Amnesty International condemns the threats made against @daily_trust reporter Eyo Charles in Calabar by Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode @realFFK.

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“Mr. Eyo is a reporter just doing his job. The actions of Mr. Fani-Kayode during that press conference are an attack on freedom of the press.

“Journalists seek accountability on behalf of the people and should not be threatened or abused for asking questions. These patterns of attacks on media and journalists must end.

“Journalists play a key role in promoting the right to information by documenting and disseminating information. Journalists have been contending with challenges that make their job difficult. They should be able to do their job free from violence, abuse and threats.”

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