By Sola Ogundipe
THE publication by a Lagos-based newspaper of nude pictures of strippers accosted during the recent raid of nude clubs in Lagos recently has drawn the ire of a Non-Governmental Organisation – Media Concern InitiativeÂ for women and Children (MEDIACON).
In a release signed by the organisationâ€™s Executive Director, Princess Olufemi-Kayode, the action of the said paper was described as â€œan abuse of the sensitivity ofÂ itâ€™s readers, and offensive to th e sexuality of children who read newspapers at home.â€
MEDIACON is committed to responding to issues of Child Sexual Abuse. WhileÂ commending the Lagos State monitoring unit of the Task Force on Environment and Special Offence for the raid and subsequent closure of the clubs where it was alleged that young ladies dance stark naked, it frowns at the open display of nude pictures of the arrested girls on the front pages of the paper.
Olufemi-Kayode said the full blown display of the horrid pictures of the girls in their full nakedness amounts to pornography . â€œWhile the media hold it a duty to report events to enlighten the populace, it should be done with some sense of decency. That young girls are used as strippers is bad enough, but showing these girls in their stark nakedness on the front pages of a newspaper is worse. It is a deliberate attempt to degrade and ridicule the sanctity of womanhood.â€
She said the display of the pictures in the front page of the said newspaper in three editions within a week is uncalled for, a situation which the organisation views as a deliberate attempt to foist pornography on its readers.
â€œPerhaps we do not recognize it, but such open display poses a great danger to the sexual health and future of many of our children who have seen the pictures.â€