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Recent Attacks on Nigerian Press Worrying – Media Foundation for West Africa

From June 6-9, 2014, there have been different incidents of attacks on media freedom in Nigeria. The attacks have come in the form of seizure of publications of The Punch, The Nation, Daily Trust,...

Armed Men Attack TV Crew, Vandalize Vehicles, Broadcast Equipment

Armed men brandishing various weapons, including guns, clubs and machetes, on May 24, 2014, attacked a crew of African Independent Television (AIT) in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State. The armed men smashed and destroyed the...

Armed Soldiers Impound Newspapers’ Distribution Vans, Confiscate Several Copies

In the early hours of  June 6, 2014, armed soldiers in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory and Warri in Delta State, South-south Nigeria, impounded the distribution vans of two dailies: “Leadership” and “The Nation”...

Nigerian Police Charge Newspaper Correspondent to Court over Report on Protest

On May 12, 2014, the Nasarawa State command of the Nigeria Police charged the State correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper, Hir Joseph to the Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Lafia, the State capital, accusing...

Newspaper Correspondent alleges threat of arrest

On April 14, 2014, Sebastine Ebhuomhan, the Edo State Chief Correspondent of the “National Mirror” newspaper, went into hiding alleging that the Nigerian Army was planning to arrest and detain him indefinitely. Ebhuomhan disclosed this...

Nigerian arrested and detained for tweets on attempted jailbreak

A 32-year old Nigerian, Onimisi Isiaka Yusuf, using the twitter handle @ciaxon has been arrested in Abuja by the State Security Service (SSS), Nigeria’s domestic intelligence agency, for tweeting and posting picture on twitter...