‘We Stand By Our Report’, CNN Reacts To FG's Sanction Threat Over Lekki Shootings
International Cable News Network, CNN, said its report at the alleged capturing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020, become “carefully and meticulously researched”.
CNN stated this in a document on Thursday in reaction to remarks by way of the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that the information platform practised “irresponsible journalism” by means of counting on fake movies sourced from social media to produce its report.
CNN had posted an investigative file this week claiming infantrymen fired live ammunition immediately at protesters at the Lekki toll gate, a claim which Mohammed denied on Thursday.
“Like anybody else, I watched the CNN file. I have to tell you that it reinforces the disinformation that is going round, and it's miles blatantly irresponsible and a bad piece of journalistic work via a good global information organisation,” Mohammed told reporters at a press convention in Abuja today.
“This is very severe and CNN should be sanctioned for that,” he brought.
The PUNCH reviews that the minister additionally defined the event of October 20, 2020 as a “massacre with out our bodies”, insisting that now not a single frame has been produced or a unmarried family has come out to claim their family member become killed on the Lekki tollgate.
Reacting these days in every other tale titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions however gives no proof Lekki toll gate investigation is incorrect’, the cable information community said it stand by way of its earlier file at the Lekki incident.
“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand with the aid of it,” CNN stated.
It delivered, “The record became primarily based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, and images and video received and geolocated by way of CNN. It painted a photograph of the way individuals of the Nigerian army and the police shot at the crowd, killing at the least one man or woman and wounding dozens greater.
“CNN proven photographs and films obtained from a couple of eyewitnesses and protesters the usage of timestamps and different records from the video documents. Video footage shows soldiers who look like capturing in the direction of protesters. And accounts from eyewitnesses installed that when the military withdrew, a 2d spherical of taking pictures passed off later within the evening.
“Prior to publishing the record, CNN tried more than one times to elicit remark from the Nigerian army and police. A Lagos State police spokesman declined to comment due to an ongoing investigation. While a statement from the Lagos State government stated that there would be no remark even as a judicial tribunal turned into underway.”
The Lekki incident has been condemned locally and internationally by means of civil rights organizations.[NewsNaira]