Tony Ezimakor

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Nigerian president Buhari must ensure release of journalist Jones Abiri

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

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 p.m. local time, according to…

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A man carrying a flag for the militant group Boko Haram walks past a group of 82 Chibok girls, who were held captive for three years by the militants, as the girls wait to be released in exchange for several militant commanders, near Kumshe, Nigeria on May 6, 2017. Nigeria's domestic intelligence agency has detained journalist Tony Ezimakor fin relation to an article he wrote about the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls, according to media reports. (Reuters/Zanah Mustapha)

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

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 to compel him to disclose his…

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