The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Banjo Damilola

Banjo Damilola is an investigative journalist from Nigeria. She reports on education, health, and social justice. She is one of Transparency International’s young journalists in 2018. A graduate of Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. She has carried out some of the most daunting investigations in Nigeria. She investigated the killings and kidnappings in Zamfara State. Her piece reverberated and led to a nationwide protest, demanding improved security in the region. She has also investigated corruption in the justice system, documented malfeasance in the Nigeria Police Force, the courts, and the Prison Service. Damilola’s work has brought her some recognition, like the commendation awards from the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism, runner up for the 2019 Thompson Foundation Young Journalist Award, shortlisted for the 2019 Fetisov Journalism Awards, a finalist for the 2019 Kurt Schork Memorial Awards, runner up for the AMDF 2019 Journalist of the Year among others. Her works have been published across major news platforms in Nigeria, including BBC. She was the only Nigerian investigative journalist in a global investigation by openDemocracy.

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Blaming the Messenger

With the rise of the Gilets Jaunes and Black Lives Matter movements and the furores over police brutality everywhere from France to the US to Belarus, how best do we defend and protect freelance journalists from attack by police, government and the state?