Nigeria / 2013

Nigerian journalists barred, threatened for covering trial

November 20, 2013 4:49 PM ET

Armed state security agents on October 24, 2013, in the commercial capital, Lagos, barred journalists from covering the arraignment of 17 suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, illegal possession of firearms, and being members of a proscribed organization, according to news...

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Nigeria attacks news websites for their news coverage

October 2, 2013 10:35 AM ET

The Nigerian government on September 27, 2013, accused two leading independent online news websites--the Abuja-based Premium Times and the New York-based Sahara Reporters--of publishing frequent reports that "incite mutiny" within the military and undermine ongoing military operations against terrorist activities in northern Nigeria, according to news reports. ...

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Government official publicly whips Nigerian journalist

July 31, 2013 3:50 PM ET

An identified State Security Service agent publicly flogged a reporter on July 3, 2013, while he was on an official visit to the Benue State Government House to deliver a press invitation to the state governor's chief of staff, according to news reports....

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Nigeria re-files charges against Leadership journalists

June 27, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, June 27, 2013--Nigerian authorities should stop the legal harassment of journalists in connection with a critical story about President Goodluck Jonathan's political plans, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A reporter and editor for the Nigerian daily Leadership, and a representative of the Leadership parent company,...

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CPJ calls on African Union to uphold press freedom

May 2, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Dear Chairperson Zuma: We ask that you mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2013, by calling for the release of all journalists imprisoned in Africa and appealing for justice in the murders of journalists killed in the line of duty.

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Nigerian journalists could face life in jail on forgery charges

April 19, 2013 3:13 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 19, 2013--Two Nigerian journalists and their employer have been charged with forgery in connection with their publication of a memo reported to be from President Goodluck Jonathan, according to news reports. If convicted, the journalists could face life terms....

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Nigeria bans film on oil corruption, warns director

April 17, 2013 2:34 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 17, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a recent decision by the Nigerian government to ban the exhibition and distribution of a documentary film on corruption in the state's management of oil wealth, "Fuelling Poverty."...

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Nigeria police harass Leadership staff over memo

April 10, 2013 5:39 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 10, 2013--Nigerian police should stop harassing the staff of the leading independent daily Leadership over a story critical of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Monday, police in the capital Abuja summoned four Leadership journalists for questioning over an April 3...

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Nigerian broadcast regulator closes down radio station

March 4, 2013 3:12 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by Nigeria's media regulatory body to shut down a radio station in connection with a broadcast that questioned the local government's motives in an anti-polio vaccination program....

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Nigeria harasses, intimidates journalist for critical weekly

February 15, 2013 4:02 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, February 15, 2013--Authorities should halt their harassment of a Nigerian journalist whose paper published allegations of extrajudicial detentions being carried out by the country's special army unit, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.Armed officers of Nigeria's Joint Task Force and members of the State Secret Service...

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Attacks on the Press: Oil, Money, and the Press

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

New oil deals drive optimism, but the public knows little about the details. By Tom Rhodes...

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Attacks on the Press: Between Insurgents, Governments

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The rise of extremist groups who target journalists is a potent risk. By Mohamed Keita...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Nigeria

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

President Goodluck Jonathan struggled to maintain stability as Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group based in northern Nigeria, carried out a wave of terrorist attacks against churches, government buildings, and, for the first time, news outlets. In April, the group staged coordinated attacks on offices of three newspapers in two...

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Attacks on the Press: Killed in 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: Journalism and Religion

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Editors think twice, reporters do not dig deeply, columnists choose words carefully. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Nigerian journalists charged for criticizing polio campaign

February 13, 2013 5:17 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, February 13, 2013--Authorities in Nigeria's northern state of Kano should drop the criminal charges filed on Tuesday against two radio journalists who have been detained since Sunday in connection with their criticism of local officials' handling of a polio vaccination campaign, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Three journalists briefly detained in Nigeria

February 11, 2013 4:05 PM ET

Four men in plainclothes claiming to be police officers briefly detained three journalists inside an office of a college in Aka Offot, a suburb of Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, on February 6, 2013, according to local journalists and news reports. The journalists were reporting on allegations of...

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In Nigeria, soldiers attack journalist covering demolition

January 23, 2013 10:01 AM ET

Two soldiers beat Laolu Harolds, assistant editor of the daily Nigerian Tribune, on January 8, 2013, while he attempted to take pictures of soldiers demolishing local shops in Oyo state, according to news reports. The soldiers were affiliated with the government's demolition task force team, the reports said....

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Unidentified assailants shoot dead a Nigerian editor

January 15, 2013 4:50 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 15, 2013--Nigerian authorities should determine the motive behind the murder of an editor on Saturday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian journalists freed, but equipment still held

January 2, 2013 2:48 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS) to return laptops and cell phones confiscated from two journalists who were illegally detained for more than a week without charge....

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