Photo journalist brutalised by LASUTH staff as release of Dana Air corpses commence Reviewed by Momizat on . A photojournalist from Leadership Newspapers, Benedict Uwalaka, was on Thursday brutalized by staff of Lagos State University teaching Hospital (LASUTH) mortuar A photojournalist from Leadership Newspapers, Benedict Uwalaka, was on Thursday brutalized by staff of Lagos State University teaching Hospital (LASUTH) mortuar Rating:
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Photo journalist brutalised by LASUTH staff as release of Dana Air corpses commence

A photojournalist from Leadership Newspapers, Benedict Uwalaka, was on Thursday brutalized by staff of Lagos State University teaching Hospital (LASUTH) mortuary for taking shots of events while the corpses were released.

Mr Uwalaka was at the premises of the hospital with his colleagues from other media house on the invitation of the hospital’s management to cover the release of identified corpses of the Dana Air Crash victims.

Mr Uwalaka had moved closer to the vehicle where a corpse was to be placed when an official of the hospital seized his camera and another one hit him on the head with a bottle.

But some official of LASUTH approached and seized his camera while some others beat him up, tearing his shirt and leaving his face swollen and bloodied.

The assault on the photo-journalist irked his colleague and they went with him to report at the nearby police station.

Returning to the hospital to collect his camera, Mr Uwalaka was hit from behind with a bottle on his head by another official of the teaching hospital, leaving him with more wound on his head and bruised face.

 

 

 


Worst place to be a journalist

The assault on Mr Uwalaka is coming on the heels of a report that places Nigeria as the second worst nation as regards the safety of journalists in its territory.

According to the bi-annual ‘Killing the Messenger survey’ of news media causalities produced by the Cardiff School of Journalism for the International News Safety Institute (INSI), the survey claimed that some 70 journalists and support staff were killed while on assignment in the first half of the year 2012 alone.

15 of them were confirmed dead between January and June in Syria where a bloody civil war has raged on, while in Nigeria, seven journalists were said to have been killed in bomb attacks carried out by fundamentalist sect Boko Haram.

Other countries listed after Nigeria are Brazil, Somalia, Indonesia, where five journalists died in a plane crash, and Mexico.

The toll compares with 124 for the whole of 2011 and 56 for the first seven months of last year. And 70 may be a conservative figure as INSI has recorded the deaths of an additional 30 news people where it was unclear whether the killings were related to their work, the INSI reported.

“Journalists are more than ever in the cross-hairs of the enemies of freedom,” said INSI Director Rodney Pinder.

“Despite some encouraging international political moves to halt the murder, the gun and the bomb remain the favoured method of censorship in far too many countries.

“Each and every killing chokes the free flow of information without which free societies cannot function.”

 

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UNC54LBARDE44UOYIJROLJ4EOY Emmanuel Odoabuchi

    let america help nigeria in tackling the security problem. that i beleive, will be the antidote for the menace in this country.

  • http://twitter.com/ojdominic dominic ojanomare

    is the attack on the journalist from boko haram? … something fundamentally is wrong with the THINKING of the average nigerian… things that successive leaders have done over time to the average nigerians mentality

  • MASKVILLA

    All the staff of LASUTH that were responsible for this assult should be made to pay dearly for it by both the authorities of the Hospital, Lagos State Government and the Leadership Newspapers inorder to sound a note of warning to others with the mind set that you can beat someone and get away with it.

    Mr. Uwalaka should also press asault charges on both the staff and management of LASUTH to pay for damages to both his equipment and harm done to him.

    By the way, after complaining to the police, why didn’t any Police officer go with him to retrieve his camera?

    This is a serious issue and should not be swept under the carpet as uausl. Infact NUJ should also step into this. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/abiodun.o.wilhelm Abiodun Ola Wilhelm

    I think the fools behind this nefarious act must not go unpunished. Governor Fashola, as the number citizen and civil servant in the state should act on this. They must be brought to book and should face the consequences of their actions. Lagosians and Nigerians are watching what will follow.

  • XTie0505

    What is going on in this country. This is really very sad o. Please I am calling on Gov. Fashola to ensure that all those involved be jailed and improsed with hard criminals. It’s not as if this man is a criminal for goodness sake, he was invited to cover the event, so why manhandle him this way. Even when he was waiting to collect his camera, they still went to hit him with bottle. Did they want to kill him. That man that hit him with the bottle must pay dearly for it. He is not meant to work in an hospital, because he is not human. He must be sacked with immediate effect. CHannels please don’t let them buy this tape from you. Mr. Uwalaka too should seek international journalist help if such thing exist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/balogun.opeyemi.7399 Balogun Opeyemi

    why is there no freedom of the press in our country?. The Government should please take up this case seriously, assault charges should be press on the both the staff and management of LASUTH for harming him. they should also pay for the damage they did to his properties.
    Balogun Opeyemi
    Caleb University, Imota Lagos

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