Boko Haram

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Members of the military pictured outside the Daily Trust offices in Abuja on January 6. Two of the paper's offices were raided, and one journalist is detained. (Daily Trust/Abubakar Adam Ibrahim)

Nigeria’s military raids Daily Trust offices, arrests editor

New York, January 7, 2019­­­–Nigerian authorities should immediately release Uthman Abubakar, an editor of the privately owned Daily Trust, return equipment seized in raids on the paper’s offices, and cease the intimidation of news outlets covering the conflict in Nigeria’s northeast, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A news stand in Abuja, Nigeria in October 2014. A Nigerian court is scheduled to arraign brothers Timothy and Daniel Elombah, editor and chief executive respectively, of the independent Elombah news website, on cybercrime and terrorism-related offenses on March 1, 2018.(Reuters/ Stringer)

Two Nigerian journalists charged with cybercrime

Lomé, February 27, 2018–Nigerian authorities should immediately drop plans to charge Timothy and Daniel Elombah, editor and chief executive respectively, of the independent Elombah news website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A military court reduced Ahmed Abba's 10-year prison sentence on terror-related charges to 24 months. (Credit withheld)

Ahmed Abba to be freed after Cameroonian court reduces sentence on appeal

Durban, South Africa, December 21, 2017 — The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s ruling by a Cameroonian military appeal court that should result in Radio France Internationale radio journalist Ahmed Abba’s immediate release from prison.

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CPJ urges Cameroonian President Paul Biya to free radio journalist Ahmed Abba

CPJ urges Cameroonian President Paul Biya to instruct military prosecutors to drop charges against Ahmed Abba–a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language service who has been jailed for 18 months–so that he can be released without further delay. The journalist’s trial before a military tribunal is scheduled to resume on February 2.

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Esther Yakubu, left, mother of one of hundreds of kidnapped school girls, watches a video released by Boko Haram during a briefing in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 14, 2016. A military spokesman threatened journalist Ahmad Salkida with terrorism charges if he does not provide information he gained in the course of reporting on the militant group. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

Nigerian military threatens journalist for not revealing sources

Abuja, Nigeria, August 18, 2016 — The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military has said the journalist could face terrorism charges if he does not provide it with information he gained in the course of…

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As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador New York, September 25, 2015–Each year, the world’s leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back…

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Radio France Internationale correspondent in Cameroon held over a month, denied access to lawyer

New York, September 8, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention of a Nigerian journalist who has been held for more than a month in Cameroon and denied access to his lawyer for two weeks. CPJ also calls on Cameroonian authorities to explain the reason for Ahmed Abba’s detention and allow him…

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Journalist detained for four days in Cameroon, accused of espionage

Simon Ateba, a freelance Cameroonian journalist, was arrested at the Minawao refugee camp in the far north of Cameroon at around noon on August 28, 2015, according to news reports.

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Boko Haram threatens to kill Nigerian journalist

Abuja, Nigeria, July 15, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Nigerian authorities to ensure the safety of a Nigerian journalist who received a death threat from a suspected member of the Islamist militant sect Boko Haram. Adeola Akinremi, the features editor of the independent daily ThisDay in Lagos state, told CPJ about the threat…

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CPJ urges Nigerian president to prioritize press freedom

President Buhari: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to congratulate you on your recent victory in Nigeria’s presidential election. As Nigeria prepares to enter a new chapter in its history, we urge you and your administration to take steps to ensure that journalists are able to work freely and openly in the country without fear of reprisal of any form.

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