Group offers free legal services for journalists

Journalists
Pictures of Nigerian journalists interviewing someone [Photo: BBC]

The Media Rights Agenda says it has put in place a pro-bono legal services program for journalists denied access to information or who are in need of legal services in relation to their duties.

In a statement on Wednesday, the MRA said it is “poised to render free legal services to journalists attacked or assaulted” in the line of duty.

The statement signed by the association’s program director, Ayode Longe, urged media practitioners to intimate the MRA on possible legal assistance that could be rendered in accordance with the scheme.

“MRA is implementing a project funded by the Open Society for West Africa (OSIWA) in which MRA is poised to render free legal services to journalists attacked or assaulted in the course of carrying out their work or where they are denied access to information and records under the FOI Act,” read the statement.

The statement said the MRA would go to court to challenge the denial for free if the journalists want the organisation to represent them.

Over the years, several journalists across Nigeria have faced persecution and harassment in the course of holding the authorities accountable for their actions.

Advertisement

PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.