Nigeria targets independent newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan - Nigeria's President

Goodluck Jonathan – Nigeria’s President

NEW YORK, 12 June 2014 – PRNewswire Africa  – Nigerian authorities have been waging widespread attacks on nearly a dozen independent newspapers under the cover of fighting terrorism. By last weekend, no fewer than 10 newspapers had their operations nationwide disrupted, leading to the loss of hundreds of thousands of newspaper sales. Federal troops across Nigeria seized and destroyed newspaper deliveries at airports, commandeered newspaper vehicles along highways, seized control of distribution points in several cities, and confiscated newspapers from vendors. They also harassed and assaulted newspaper staff and took money from at least one.

These attacks came after two national dailies published scathing revelations against the military. Leadership on June 3 reported the court-martial of generals found guilty of aiding Boko Haram militants, a report the government denied. Boko Haram, a militant insurgent group, has claimed responsibility for the recent abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls and several bomb blasts around the country. Daily Trust then reported how top military officers and associates shared among themselves land meant for the construction of a barracks.SOURCE Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

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