Schumer pushes for release of journalist in Nigeria

September 4, 2008 10:50 AM ET

Freelance American journalist Andrew Berends and his translator, Nigerian Samuel George have been in the custody of Nigerian State Security Services in Port Harcourt since they were arrested on August 31. Berends, an award-winning filmmaker, legally entered Nigeria in April to complete a documentary called "Delta Boys" about the region's oil conflict.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today to ask her to press the Nigerian government to release Berends. Click here to read the letter.

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