Nigeria / Africa

Journalists attacked in Nigeria since 1992

  

Nigerian journalist Kufre Carter detained for 1 month, charged with defamation and conspiracy

Abuja, May 28, 2020 — Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against journalist Kufre Carter and ensure that the press is not harassed by the country’s security forces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 27, in the southern city of Uyo, officers with Nigeria’s Department of State Services arrested Carter, a presenter…

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Security officers are seen in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 11, 2020. Department of State Services agents recently detained and interrogated journalist Saint Mienpamo Onitsha. (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

Nigerian journalist detained by security forces, interrogated over sources

Abuja, May 19, 2020 — Nigerian authorities should cease their intimidation of journalist Saint Mienpamo Onitsha and ensure that security forces permit the press to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A police officer is seen in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 26, 2020. Police recently arrested two journalists for their work in Ebonyi state. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Nigerian police arrest, detain 2 journalists in Ebonyi state

[Editors’ Note: This article has been changed in its headline and fifth paragraph to reflect the Ebonyi governor’s more recent statements.] Abuja, April 24, 2020 — Authorities in Nigeria should stop harassing journalists Peter Okutu and Chijioke Agwu, and must cease using COVID-19-related laws to stifle the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People use computers in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 20, 2020. Nigerian journalists recently spoke with CPJ about their concerns over a proposed social media bill. (Reuters/Temilade Adelaja)

‘An attempt to gag the media’: Journalists on Nigeria’s proposed social media bill

At a public hearing on Nigeria’s social media bill held in Abuja last month, the voice of Chris Isiguzo, president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), rang clearly across the room: “This bill…seeks to pigeonhole Nigerians from freely expressing themselves.” The NUJ is “totally opposed” to it, he said.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation from Abuja on March 29, 2020. A team of journalists from Africa Independent Television were recently expelled from an event Buhari attended. (Nigeria Presidency/Handout via Reuters)

Africa Independent Television team expelled from event featuring Nigerian President Buhari

On March 19, 2020, government authorities at the Digital Economy Complex in Abuja, Nigeria, expelled journalists from the privately owned broadcaster Africa Independent Television who were preparing to cover an event attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, according to a statement by Daar Communications PLC, the broadcaster’s parent company.

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A police officer is seen at a roadblock in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 31, 2020. The Nigerian government recently imposed restrictions on journalists' movement and access to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria restricts journalist movement and access, citing coronavirus

Abuja, March 31, 2020 — Authorities in Nigeria must ensure that measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic do not prevent journalists from covering the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People are seen at a newspaper stand in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on February 27, 2019. Nigerian journalists at the Premium Times recently faced cyberattacks and harassment. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Nigeria’s Premium Times faces cyberattacks, intimidation of journalists after publishing leaked documents

New York, March 6, 2020 — Nigerian authorities should ensure that Premium Times employees are able to work in safety and without interference or intimidation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A woman makes a phone call in front of India-owned Airtel on October 10, 2011 in Abuja. A Nigerian NGO on February 25, 2020, sued the Nigerian Communications Commission over warrantless access to ‘call data.’ (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Nigeria’s communications regulator sued over warrantless access to ‘call data’

Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative, a Nigerian nongovernmental organization, filed a lawsuit on February 25 against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over regulations granting warrantless access to telecom subscribers’ information, including “call data.” The suit claims that accessing the information “violates and will likely further violate” Nigerians’ constitutional right to privacy, according to a copy…

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People walk at the premises of Lagos State High Court on January 29, 2019. Nigerian journalist Fejiro Oliver faces cybercrime charges in Lagos for a corruption report. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Nigerian journalist Fejiro Oliver charged with cybercrime for corruption report

Fejiro Oliver, the publisher of the privately owned Secret Reporters news site, is scheduled to appear in court in Nigeria’s southwestern Lagos city on May 28, 2020, after years of adjourned legal proceedings, he told CPJ. Department of State Services (DSS) agents separately questioned him three times about his reporting in 2019, he said. Oliver’s…

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Alfred Olufemi (left) and Gidado Yushau (right) at court on January 13, 2020. (Photo: Adejumo Kabir/Premium Times)

Nigerian police detain News Digest web developer, charge journalists

Nigerian police charged Gidado Yushau, the publisher of the privately owned News Digest news website, and freelance journalist Alfred Olufemi with criminal conspiracy and defamation on November 12, 2019, according to a copy of the charge sheet seen by CPJ. The next court date is scheduled for March 4, 2020, Olufemi told CPJ. If convicted,…

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