Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigeria detains 13 journalists, bloggers, and media workers

Abuja, Nigeria, September 29, 2016 -- Nigerian authorities should immediately release at least 11 journalists, bloggers, and media support staff detained in recent days across the country and stop harassing the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Blog   |   Nigeria

How Nigeria's cybercrime law is being used to try to muzzle the press

Two brothers use gaming apps on their smartphones in Lagos. Nigeria's new cybercrimes act has been used against at least five critical bloggers. (AFP/Stefan Heunis)

Since Nigeria's cybercrime act was voted into law in May 2015 authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against at least five bloggers who criticized politicians and businessmen online and through social media.

Case   |   Nigeria

Nigerian secret police arrest online journalist

Three operatives of the State Security Service, Nigeria's secret police, on September 6 arrested Emenike Iroegbu, who runs the news website Abia Facts, from his home in Uyo, the capital of the southern state of Akwa Ibom, on suspicion of libelling the governor of neighboring Abia state, according to news reports. The operatives searched Iroegbu's house and took away his laptops, his phones, and his wife's phones, the reports said. The SSS released him the following day, and returned all items confiscated in the arrest, according to press reports.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian military threatens journalist for not revealing sources

Esther Yakubu, left, mother of one of hundreds of kidnapped school girls, watches a video released by Boko Haram during a briefing in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 14, 2016. A military spokesman threatened journalist Ahmad Salkida with terrorism charges if he does not provide information he gained in the course of reporting on the militant group. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

Abuja, Nigeria, August 18, 2016 -- The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military has said the journalist could face terrorism charges if he does not provide it with information he gained in the course of his reporting on the militant group Boko Haram.

Case   |   Nigeria

Nigerian secret police detain publisher

Nine armed agents of Nigeria's Department of State Service, an elite police force, arrested Jones Abiri, the publisher of the Weekly Source tabloid newspaper, from his offices in Yenagoa, in the oil-rich southern Nigeria state of Bayelsa, on July 21, 2016, according to news reports. The operatives searched Abiri's office and confiscated documents, the reports said.

July 27, 2016 2:23 PM ET


Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Nigeria, South Africa

Journalists released from prison, CPJ launches SecureDrop--and we throw a party!

CPJ Newsletter: June edition

Khadija Ismayilova thanks CPJ, says she will fight for her cause

CPJ Europe and Central Asia Senior Research Associate Muzaffar Suleymanov spoke to investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova a few hours after her release from prison on May 25.

Case   |   Nigeria

Nigerian journalists detained for investigating alleged water theft

Police and officials from the Benue State Water Board detained Pius Iroja Angbo, a correspondent with the independent Channels Television, and cameraman Mike Umele, for roughly four hours on May 18, 2016, Angbo told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Case   |   Nigeria

Nigerian military bars journalists from covering court-martial

Nigerian military authorities on Monday May 9, 2016 barred journalists from covering the trial of Patrick Falola and Ibrahim Sani, both army major-generals, who are being tried by a court-martial in the capital Abuja, according to news reports.

May 11, 2016 3:59 PM ET

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian journalist arrested for news report

New York, May 3, 2016 - Nigerian authorities should drop all criminal charges against journalist Jacob Onjewu Dickson and release him without delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Dickson has been held in pre-trial detention on incitement charges since Friday.

Letters   |   Nigeria

CPJ calls on Nigerian police chief to investigate assault of publisher, not publisher

CPJ writes to Nigerian Police Inspector General Solomon Arase to urge him to arrest those responsible for beating publisher Yomi Olomofe into a coma in June 2015, rather than investigating the publisher on charges of assaulting his assailants.

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