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Abuja court dismisses case against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

September 17, 2018 2:36 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2018--An Abuja magistrate's court today struck out a case against Jones Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Weekly Source, Samuel Ogala, a lawyer who represents Abiri, told CPJ. The court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction over the state where the alleged wrongdoing...

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Nigeria's Fresh FM radio station partially demolished following critical reporting

August 27, 2018 5:56 PM ET

Fresh FM, a privately owned radio station based in Ibadan city, in Nigeria's southwestern Oyo state, was partially demolished by bulldozer during the early hours of August 19, 2018, upon the order of the Oyo state government, Samson Akindele, head of news for Fresh FM, and David Ajiboye, station...

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Nigerian journalist jailed for refusing to reveal source

August 16, 2018 6:32 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2018--Nigerian police should immediately release journalist Samuel Ogundipe, drop all charges against him, and cease efforts to pressure him to reveal any journalistic sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes release of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

August 15, 2018 5:02 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today after over two years in detention of Jones Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source newspaper. CPJ urges Nigerian authorities to drop all charges against Abiri and ensure those responsible for his over two years...

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Jones Abiri finally in court; Nigeria must release him

August 2, 2018 6:42 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2018--Nigerian authorities should release without delay Jones Abiri, publisher and editor in chief of the Weekly Source newspaper, and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nigeria's state security service, known as the DSS, arrested Abiri on July 21, 2016,...

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Nigerian musician Davido's security punches reporter

July 27, 2018 3:09 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2018-- Nigerian musician Davido should hold accountable those responsible for the assault of Adekanmbi Damilola, CEO of the online entertainment news platform NoStoryTV, by a member of his private security team and ensure journalists can safely cover his events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Nigerian Broadcasting Commission closes Ekiti state radio and TV

July 18, 2018 12:10 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2018--The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the federal government-run broadcast regulator, should immediately permit the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) to reopen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 14, police acting on the order of the NBC evacuated the state government-owned radio...

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Nigerian president Buhari must ensure release of journalist Jones Abiri

June 20, 2018 5:33 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 20 other organizations call for the release of journalist Jones Abiri, who has been held by Nigeria's Department of State Security (DSS) for nearly two years, and the DSS to be held accountable for its attacks against journalists in Nigeria.

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Nigerian journalist Tony Ezimakor released; colleague remains behind bars

March 6, 2018 7:06 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the release today of Tony Ezimakor, Abuja bureau chief of the privately owned Daily Independent newspaper, who was held by Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) since February 28. Ezimakor was released unconditionally from DSS custody in Abuja around 10:30...

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Nigeria's intelligence agency detains journalist to force him to reveal sources

March 6, 2018 4:59 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Immediately after distributing this alert, CPJ learned that Ezimakor was freed just prior to publication. CPJ issued a separate statement concerning his release. Lomé, March 6, 2018--Nigerian authorities should release immediately Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja bureau chief of the privately owned Daily Independent newspaper, and stop trying...

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