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Journalist Jones Abiri of Nigeria named in 10 most urgent press freedom cases in August

2 August 2019

The One Free Press Coalition has named Jones Abiri in the top ten of journalists under threat around the world. This is the sixth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list (ranked in order of urgency), calling attention to the most pressing cases of journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.

Abiri is ranked number eight on the list and the Coalition says this about the case: Jones Abiri (Nigeria): Journalist re-arrested on terrorism and cybercrime charges. Jones Abiri, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source, is behind bars on charges under Nigeria’s cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016. The charges are the same ones that a court threw out after he was held without access to his family or a lawyer from 2016 to 2018.     

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