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Journalists attacked in Nigeria since 1992

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

March 6, 2020 3:15 PM ET

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

February 26, 2020 6:17 PM ET

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...

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Nigerian journalist Fejiro Oliver charged with cybercrime for corruption report

February 13, 2020 1:07 PM ET

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...

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Nigerian police detain News Digest web developer, charge journalists

February 13, 2020 12:37 PM ET

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,...

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How Nigeria’s police used telecom surveillance to lure and arrest journalists

February 13, 2020 12:24 PM ET

As reporters for Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper, Samuel Ogundipe and Azeezat Adedigba told CPJ they spoke often over the phone. They had no idea that their regular conversations about work and their personal lives were creating a record of their friendship....

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Jailed Nigerian journalist Agba Jalingo to face cybercrime charge in court

February 12, 2020 2:20 PM ET

New York, February 12, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Nigerian authorities to drop all charges against Agba Jalingo, the publisher of the privately owned news website CrossRiverWatch, and set him free. Jalingo is set to appear at a federal high court in Calabar city...

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Nigerian journalist Alex Ogbu dies at protest

February 5, 2020 3:45 PM ET

Abuja, February 5, 2020 -- Nigerian authorities should conduct a credible and transparent investigation into the death of journalist Alex Ogbu, publicize the results of his autopsy, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria journalist dies after attack

January 23, 2020 3:16 PM ET

Abuja, January 23, 2020—Authorities in Nigeria should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the killing of Maxwell Nashan, a reporter and newscaster with the government-owned Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), and determine whether his journalism was the motive for the attack, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Assailants attack Rave Television journalist, break camera during Nigeria protest

December 23, 2019 6:14 PM ET

On November 9, 2019, a group of people attacked Jimoh Ogirima, a journalist with the privately owned broadcaster Rave Television, in Nigeria’s southern Edo State, and damaged his camera while he filmed a protest, according to the news website Newspad, the Ghana-based press freedom organization Media Foundation for West...

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Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expression

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

The ongoing detentions of Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo and Ethiopian editor Fekadu Mahtemework--the only journalists behind bars for their work in their countries, according to CPJ’s latest prison census--don’t tell the whole story of their governments’ crackdowns on freedom of expression....

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