How harsh milieu, general election, anti-hate speech campaign shaped media landscape in 2019
It was Maya Kosoff, writing in GEN, a publication about politics, power and culture, who said, “being a journalist in 2019 meant working under the gun.”
Journalist Jones Abiri regains freedom
Detained journalist, Jones Abiri, has finally been released. Abiri, who was detained on May 22 after his arraignment at a Federal High court in Abuja, was released after meeting all his bail conditions yesterday evening.
FG arraigns journalist Jones Abiri for terrorism, economic sabotage
The Nigerian government on Wednesday arraigned journalist Jones Abiri for alleged economic sabotage and terrorism. Federal prosecutors filed three counts of terrorism, economic sabotage, and fraud against Abiri, his lawyer, Samuel Ogala said. Court file stated that Abiri had in a text message threatened Shell and Agip officials that he will blow their oil installations…
When do we embrace free press?
Nigeria press has been under odd oppression since its birth and up till date, it keeps getting harder for the professionals to get...
Again, journalist Abiri abducted by suspected DSS operatives
Few months after his release from detention, Bayelsa State based journalist and publisher, Jones Abiri, has been abducted again.
Journalist Jones Abiri sues Nigerian government, demands N200 million
Recently released journalist, Jones Abiri has sued the Nigerian government, demanding a compensation of N200 million for his prolonged detention without trial. Abiri, who is the publisher of a Bayelsa State-based weekly newspaper, Weekly Source, was arrested by operatives of Nigeria’s State security service in July 2016 and detained until July 2018 without trial. He…
‘I was arrested, blindfolded, denied medical access for two years’
After he was arrested, blindfolded and flown to Abuja detention camp of the State Security Services (SSS) without trial and access to medical facilities for two years, Journalist Jones Abiri arrived Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, yesterday to the warm embrace of his wife and members of the pen-pushing fraternity. Abiri who arrived at the…
Abiri’s bail conditions varied, suit begins August 16
The Magistrate Court, Wuse 2, yesterday varied the conditions for the bail granted Jones Abiri on terms relatively liberal compared to the former. Abiri, who is facing a charge of criminal intimidation, is now required to produce two sureties, one of whom must be a Level 8 civil servant. The surety will present a bank…
IPC berates DSS over non-diligence in Abiri’s case
The International Press Council (IPC) has berated the manner in which the Department of State Services (DSS) is handling the case of a journalist, Jones Abiri, who has been detained for over two years. Femi Falana Chambers had filed a N200 million suit against the DSS, while media stakeholders and human rights groups had lampooned…
Journalist Abiri arraigned after two years in DSS detention
The Department of State Services (DSS) Thursday arraigned Jones Abiri at a magistrate court in Abuja. Abiri has been in DSS custody since his arrest in July 2016. The DSS alleged Abiri of being a militant and a leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, which has separatist inclinations…
Two years after, coalition seeks release of detained Bayelsa journalist
The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom has called on the Federal Government to immediately release the publisher of the Yenagoa, Bayelsa State-based Weekly Source newspaper, Jones Abiri. He was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on July 21, 2016 and has been detained without charge ever since.