British government condemns attacks on media Nigerian media

The British Foreign Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has commented on the bombing yesterday of newspaper offices and media houses in Nigeria. In an interview … Continue reading British government condemns attacks on media Nigerian media


The British Foreign Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has commented on the bombing yesterday of newspaper offices and media houses in Nigeria.

In an interview published on the website of the British High Commission, Abuja, Bellingham was quoted as saying “I am appalled by the bombing yesterday of the This Day newspaper offices and other media houses in the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Kaduna. My sympathies go out to the families of those killed and the injured”.

He also said “The British Government strongly condemns these terrible acts that have resulted not only in the tragic loss of innocent lives, but were an attack on freedom of speech in Nigeria”.

“The independent press is an integral part of any society and Nigerian journalists should feel able to report freely without fear of violence. It is important that those behind these terrorist acts are brought to justice.”

Offices of ThisDay newspaper in Abuja and Kaduna were targets of a terrorist attack on Thursday 26, 2012. An attack that left eight dead and scores injured, radical islamic sect, Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attacks claiming the media has misrepresented the group in its reportage of their (Boko Haram) activities.

The group has been responsible for scores of attacks in the country especially the north-eastern region.