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NUJ, SERAP report FG to UN for intimidating journalists

21 January 2017, 22:11

Lagos - A human rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project(SERAP) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ)  have sent a joint letter to the United Nations accusing the federal government of intimidating journalists, reports Punch

The letter follows the  recent arrest of the publisher of an online newspaper, Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi, as an indication of  the government’s clampdown on media freedom in the country.

Olorunyomi and  the Justice reporter for Premium Times, Okakwu were reportedly arrested by the police on the strength of the complaint by the Nigerian Army that Premium Times maligned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in a recent publication.

Also read:Military denies arresting journalist linked with Boko Haram

According to the NUJ and SERAP, the duo were released on bail on Thursday and instructed to report back at the police station in Abuja on Friday.

They were likely to be taken before a Magistrate’s Court for arraignment.

Read more at Punch

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