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Amnesty decries ‘climate of fear’ for Nigeria journalists after 19 detained

Lagos: Amnesty International on Monday said journalists in Nigeria are operating under a “climate of fear”, after 19 reporters were detained by security forces this year. The rights group said there has been a disturbing rise in threats and attacks on journalists for expressing critical views of the authorities on both conventional and social media in the country.
“Increasingly, the human rights cost of receiving and sharing information for journalists, bloggers and activists comes with dangerous consequences, forcing journalists, bloggers and activists to operate in a climate of fear,” Amnesty’s Nigeria director Osai Ojigho said in a statement. “Journalists, bloggers and activists are facing increased risks simply for publishing articles and demanding accountability from the authorities. This is totally unacceptable. The authorities must immediately put an end to this hostility towards human rights.” Amnesty accused the police, military and the Department of State Services (DSS) secret police of being responsible for the clampdown on press freedom in Nigeria. (AFP)

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