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CPJ calls for charges to be dropped against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

June 27, 2019 4:40 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Nigerian authorities to release journalist Jones Abiri and drop cybercrime, anti-sabotage, and terrorism charges against him....

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Nigerian journalist Kofi Bartels says police beat him, threatened him with sexual assault

June 6, 2019 3:50 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities must investigate and hold accountable the police officers responsible for allegedly assaulting and threatening journalist Kofi Bartels, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigeria charges Weekly Source editor Jones Abiri under cybercrimes, terrorism acts

May 22, 2019 11:59 AM ET

Berlin, May 22, 2019 --A federal court today charged Jones Abiri, the publisher and editor-in -chief of the Weekly Source, under Nigeria's cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016, and ordered the journalist to be detained, according to his lawyer, Samuel...

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New accreditation requirements restrict press access to Nigeria's National Assembly

May 21, 2019 2:45 PM ET

Berlin, May 21, 2019 -- Authorities in Nigeria should withdraw new media accreditation requirements for accessing the National Assembly, the country's legislature, and ensure that future regulations do not unduly limit freedom of the press and access to information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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'You cannot muzzle the media': Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari

April 15, 2019 11:59 AM ET

When Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president--who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985--and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo,...

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Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state

March 30, 2019 5:35 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2019--Unidentified men today arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa, according to news reports, as well as a local activist with whom CPJ spoke and posts on social media....

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Journalists in Nigeria detained, harassed, and assaulted while covering state elections

March 13, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 13, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the detention, harassment, and assault of journalists nationwide during the March 9 gubernatorial and state assembly elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian authorities should allow Jay FM in Jos, Plateau state, to broadcast

March 12, 2019 5:05 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2019--Nigerian authorities should lift the ban on Jay FM radio station in the city of Jos in Plateau state and stop trying to intimidate its staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist arrested, charged under cybercrime law in Nigeria

March 7, 2019 3:56 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should immediately drop charges against journalist Obinna Don Norman, release him from prison, and reform the 2015 cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins call for Nigeria to ensure internet and social media services remain connected during elections

February 14, 2019 5:23 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 15 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for Nigerian authorities to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during upcoming elections, and safeguard internet speeds of websites and messaging applications. In early February, Nigeria's federal government denied...

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