Spotlight on Media Decline After Nigerian Journalist's Death
Vanguard newspaper journalist Tordue Salem who went missing for almost a month, has been found dead. Nigerian police said that a hit-and-run driver has been arrested in connection with his death. According to the police, Salem's body was found in a mortuary at Wuse General Hospital in Abuja. This incident has fuelled speculation that Salem may have been murdered.
While the circumstances around Salem's death remain unclear, the Nigerian Union of Journalists have demanded an independent investigation.
Journalists in Nigeria have increasingly been attacked, abducted, or detained because of their reporting.
In October 2021, journalists were manhandled and barred from covering proceedings in the ongoing trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by government security operatives.
Also in October 2021, during the one-year anniversary of the nationwide #EndSARS protests against police brutality and human rights violations, armed police personnel teargassed and arrested journalists in Lagos and Abuja.
Death of Journalist Sharpens Focus On Declining Media Environment
VOA, 16 November 2021
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Tordue Salem - Why We Didn't Inform Family - Wuse Hospital
Vanguard, 17 November 2021
Wuse General Hospital has exonerated itself from the delay in notifying the family and the public about the death of Vanguard reporter, Tordue Henry Salem, whose body is in its… Read more »
Tordue Salem - Journalists Ask National Assembly to Order Independent Inquiry Into Death of Missing Reporter
Premium Times, 16 November 2021
The House of Representatives Press Corps has urged the House of Representatives to call for an independent inquiry into Tordue Salem's death when the lawmakers resume plenary on… Read more »
Nigerian Missing Journalist Found Dead
IFJ, 16 November 2021
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Family of Slain Journalist Grieves Amid Unanswered Questions
Premium Times, 12 November 2021
There are a plethora of questions about the death of the Vanguard newspaper journalist still begging for answers Read more »
Journalist Took Photos At Scene of Killings Govt Denies, Then The Harassment Started
Premium Times, 11 November 2021
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Journalists Raise Press Freedom Concerns Over Missing Colleague, New Attacks
VOA, 5 November 2021
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Murder of Over 200 Journalists Remain Unsolved - Report
Premium Times, 1 November 2021
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Torkwase Kuraun, Sister of missing journalist Tordue Salem, looks at pictures of him in the family photo album at her home in Abuja, Nov. 4, 2021.