Cable News Network, CNN has reacted to the accusation made by the Minister of Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that it did not practise responsible joiurnalism in its reportage of the alleged shooting that erupted during the $EndSARS protest at Lekko Toll Gate on October 20
Nigerian Army had claimed that the troops used blank ammunnition just to scare the protesters away, but CNN claimed in its independent report that Nigerian Army used live bullets against the protesters, which resulted to the death of some of them.
Yesterday, the Minister publicly accused the international news organisation of engaging in irresponsible journaliism, threatening to take action against it.
Reacting to the Minister’s statement, CNN said that its report on the alleged shooting was “carefully and meticulously researched”.
“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” CNN stated.
It added, “The report was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, and photos and video obtained and geolocated by CNN. It painted a picture of how members of the Nigerian army and the police shot at the crowd, killing at least one person and wounding dozens more.
“CNN verified photos and videos acquired from multiple eyewitnesses and protesters using timestamps and other data from the video files. Video footage shows soldiers who appear to be shooting in the direction of protesters. And accounts from eyewitnesses established that after the army withdrew, a second round of shooting happened later in the evening.
“Prior to publishing the report, CNN tried multiple times to elicit comment from the Nigerian army and police. A Lagos State police spokesman declined to comment because of an ongoing investigation. While a statement from the Lagos State government said that there would be no comment while a judicial tribunal was underway