In what looks like a retaliation to the face-off between the Department of State Service, DSS and detained Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN seems to be the first casualty.
The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, WSCIJ, in a statement has postponed the presentation of award expected to be conferred on him today, Monday 9, 2019.
The postponement according to Motunrayo Alaka, Executive Director/CEO, was decided on, to align with protests against the repression of freedom of speech in recent times especially the incident between the DSS, and Omoleye Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters, on Friday 6 December.
The Vice President himself shares this awareness and the inappropriateness of the award at this point.
The statement added that the award presentation programme will hold as scheduled on Monday, 9th December 2019 by 6p.m.
Thirteen journalists from print, online, television, radio, photo, and editorial cartoon categories will be celebrated.
Veteran photojournalist, Sunmi Smart-Cole and Amnesty International Nigeria will also be presented honorary awards of the Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence and the Anti-Corruption Defender Award (Human Rights Speciality) respectively.
The WSCIJ will hold the award presentation event on December 9, the World Anti-Corruption Day and eve of the World Human Rights Day to highlight the importance of investigative reporting as a tool for accountability, good governance and social justice in a democracy.
The award event is free to attend for members of the general public.