Nigeria / 2012

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Journalists detained in Nigeria for more than two days

December 26, 2012 1:59 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, December 26, 2012--Nigerian authorities must immediately release two journalists who have been detained since Monday and allow a third journalist who has fled into hiding to return to his home and work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In pre-dawn raids on Monday, about 40...

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Nigerian reporter stopped from filing on governor's health

December 18, 2012 5:57 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, December 18, 2012--State security agents in Southeast Nigeria blocked a reporter from filing a story Saturday evening about the status of a governor who hasn't been seen for several months. The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned this act of crude censorship. At about 11:30 p.m. local...

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Nigerian journalist assaulted by governor's security staff

December 10, 2012 5:43 PM ET

Abuja, December 10, 2012--Authorities in Nigeria must immediately investigate Sunday's attack on a journalist by a state governor's security operatives and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Al-Jazeera journalists detained in Mali for two days

December 5, 2012 4:52 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2012--Malian authorities should immediately return the passports and equipment seized from two international Al-Jazeera journalists who were detained for more than two days over the weekend for attempting to cross into militant-controlled territory, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian journalist attacked by unidentified men in Kwali

November 15, 2012 1:39 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, November 15, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on a Nigerian journalist on Saturday and calls on authorities to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Three unidentified men attacked Abubakar Sadiq Isah, a reporter for the Daily Trust, outside the town hall in Kwali,...

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Journalist faces unlawful assembly charge in Cameroon

November 8, 2012 6:09 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Cameroonian officials to drop criminal charges against a journalist arrested last month in the southwestern town of Buea for covering a secessionist gathering. The journalist is free on bail but faces a fine and up to six...

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In Nigeria, Boko Haram threatens attacks on media

September 24, 2012 4:16 PM ET

A radical militant Islamist group released an 18-minute video on May 1, 2012, that threatened attacks on at least 14 local and international news outlets, according to news reports. In the video, Boko Haram, a group seeking the imposition of Sharia law in northern Nigeria, accused the outlets of biased...

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CNN offices in Nigeria harassed by men in plainclothes

September 24, 2012 4:10 PM ET

Armed men in plainclothes raided the offices of CNN in the commercial capital of Lagos on January 16, 2012, amid nationwide protests over hikes in fuel prices, according to local journalists and news reports....

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In Nigeria, soldiers beat journalist covering demolition

September 10, 2012 6:28 PM ET

Nigerian soldiers beat Leadership Newspapers reporter David-Chyddy Eleke, confiscated his camera, and arrested him for taking pictures of the demolition of buildings in Awka, in Anambra State in Nigeria's southeast region on September 6, 2012, according to local journalists and news reports. ...

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Nigeria train passengers attack journalists, seize equipment

August 20, 2012 5:50 PM ET

On August 13, 2012, unidentified passengers illegally sitting on and hanging from rail cars of a moving train in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, assaulted two photojournalists for taking pictures of them from a pedestrian bridge, according to news reports. ...

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Former Niger Delta militants attack journalist union office

August 16, 2012 10:26 AM ET

A group of armed men attacked the office of the local branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the southern city of Warri on August 7, 2012, according to news reports. The men came with kegs of gasoline and threatened to lynch journalists and burn the office if...

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Nigerian photographer assaulted in a government hospital

August 14, 2012 5:07 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 14, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Nigerian authorities to immediately investigate an attack on the grounds of a government hospital that targeted a photographer seeking to cover the release of the remains of June plane crash victims to their families....

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Journalists assaulted, detained in Nigerian court

June 28, 2012 3:40 PM ET

Police in Lagos, the commercial capital, assaulted at least 10 journalists and confiscated their equipment on April 4, 2012, according to news reports. The journalists were covering a coroner's inquest into a 2010 traffic accident, the reports said....

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Nigerian journalist assaulted in front of military, police

June 18, 2012 4:15 PM ET

Abuja, June 18, 2012--Nigerian authorities must investigate the assault on a Nigerian journalist on June 14 and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. News accounts reported that the attack occurred in the presence of military and police officers who did not...

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Immigration officer assaults Nigerian journalist

June 13, 2012 5:04 PM ET

Abuja, June 13, 2012--A Nigerian journalist was assaulted by an immigration officer in the capital, Abuja, Tuesday, according to local journalists and news reports. Joshua Uma, a journalist with the daily Leadership, was on assignment covering a protest by retirees over non-payment of pensions....

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CPJ condemns attacks on newspaper offices in Nigeria

April 26, 2012 6:20 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns bombings today targeting two of the offices of ThisDay newspaper in Nigeria. At least nine people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in the attacks, for which the Islamist militant sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility, according to...

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Nigerian reporter threatened over Boko Haram coverage

March 19, 2012 1:32 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2012--A Nigerian journalist who has extensively covered the conflict between the government and Islamist sect Boko Haram says his life is under threat. Ahmad Salkida, an independent journalist, told CPJ that he noticed a white 4X4 Hilux with a Lagos state registration number following him...

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Nigeria's military obstructs journalists covering unrest

February 8, 2012 6:00 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2012--Nigeria's military has harassed and obstructed journalists trying to report on unrest in recent days, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Nigerian airport journalists locked out, equipment held

February 7, 2012 5:40 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2012--Nigerian authorities have locked reporters based at the country's biggest airport out of their press center and withheld their equipment since Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Nigerian reporter murdered while covering bombings

January 20, 2012 5:42 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--A television reporter covering the aftermath of coordinated terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria was gunned down this afternoon, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Nigerian journalist killed; colleagues suspect murder

January 20, 2012 3:38 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--Nigerian authorities should launch a thorough and transparent investigation into the murder of a radio journalist whose body was found on Thursday morning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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