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Opeyemi Sowore calls on the UN to help bring her husband home

21 December 2019 Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of Omoyele Sowore, the New Jersey-based publisher of Sahara Reporters currently being detained by the Nigerian authorities, has asked the United Nations to intervene against the “lawlessness” of the Nigerian government. The activist was held in August and charged with “treason” after calling for a “revolution” in Nigeria. His wife spoke to CNN. …

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Nigerians raise alarm over controversial Social Media Bill

18 December 2019 Plan to overhaul internet laws will curtail fake news, supporters say, but critics cry foul over threat to free speech. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have banded together online to call for the scrapping of a bill which, they say, threatens to roll back internet freedoms in the country. The proposed legislation – officially named the Protection from Internet Falsehood …

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The secret prosecution of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

13 December 2019 The case against Abiri sets a dangerous precedent, threatening freedom of the press in Nigeria. A familiar secrecy is set to dominate the renewed prosecution of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri. On December 12, Abiri is scheduled to appear again in federal court where he is charged with terrorism, sabotage and cybercrimes. The prosecution says they have new evidence against him but …

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