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Bloggers, reporters’ arrests worry Nigerians

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NigeriaInspector General of Police
NigeriaInspector General of Police

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-A series of arrests of bloggers, newspaper reporters and even a dog owner advocates worried about a freeze on freedom of expression in Nigeria.

While the constitution of Africa’s most-populous country guarantees freedom of speech and of the press, West Africa Representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Peter Nkanga, says those rights are under attack.

Mr. Nkanga said freedom is being eroded by the actions of government institutions and government authorities, who are ensuring that freedom of expression, that freedom of the press, that freedom to hold opinion, are gradually and steadily being eroded.

He pointed to a number of episodes in recent months as instances where Nigerian security forces went after people simply, because of something they said or wrote.

In August, the army said it wanted to question a journalist who had posted a link to a video released by the Boko Haram extremist group.

On August 14, 2016, Boko Haram released a video of the girls allegedly kidnapped from Chibok in April, 2014 showing some of them who are still alive and claiming others died in air strikes.

A journalist investigating arms smuggling was assaulted in June 2015 after a meeting at a Nigerian border post.

 

 


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