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Nigerian Police Detain 2 Leadership Newspaper Reporters

Lagos, Monday, April 8, 2013:  Two reporters with the Abuja-based daily ‘Leadership’ newspaper, Mr. Tony Amokeodo and Mr. Chibuzor Ukaibe, were today detained without charge at the ‘D’ Department (FCID) of the Nigeria Police in Abuja. The Group Managing Director of Leadership Newspapers Group, Mr. Azubuike Ishiekwene, confirmed the detention …

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National Broadcasting Commission Withdraws Radio Station’s Operating License

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the regulatory body for broadcasting, on February 22, 2013, suspended indefinitely the Kano operating licence of Globe Broadcasting and Communications Limited, owners of Wazobia FM in Kano, Nigeria.  Wazobia FM also broadcasts in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt with different licenses covering its operations in …

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Nigerian Security Operatives Release Detained Editor

Mr. Musa Mohammed Awwal, Editor of the Kaduna-based Hausa Language weekly, Al-Mizan newspaper, who was arrested at about 4.00am on February 14, 2013, was released after eight days in custody. Operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), accompanied by armed soldiers, had stormed his home in Kaduna in the early …

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Court Grants Bail to Two Journalists Remanded in Police Custody

Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Bello of Magistrate Court 17 Gyadi-Gadi in Kano State, on  February 14, 2013,  granted  bail to Yakubu Musa Fagge and Mubarak Muhammad Sani of Wazobia FM as well as another person, Abubakar Rabo Abdulkarim. The sum of N100,000 (about US$637) was paid with two sureties provided for …

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Broadcast Regulator Bans Airing of Music Videos with Alleged Erotic Lyrics

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On January 24, 2013, Nigeria’s broadcast industry regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), reportedly banned a number of music videos from being broadcast on Nigeria’s free-to-air terrestrial television stations for allegedly containing erotic lyrics and scenes, promoting nudity and for showcasing what the Commission describes as suggestive dance steps. The …

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Lagos State Government Bars Officials from Talking to the Press

On January 21, 2013, the Lagos state Government issued a circular barring its political office holders and civil servants, including the heads of the State ministries, departments and agencies,  from granting interviews to journalists or speaking on its behalf. It warned of dire consequences if the officials violated the order. …

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Nigerian Editor Shot Dead by Unknown Gunmen

Mr. Ikechukwu Udendu, the Editor of Onitsha-based monthly newspaper, Anambra News, was on January 12, 2013 shot dead by suspected assassins on his way home.  He was killed on his way back to Ogidi in Anambra state, where he lives, after he had gone to Onitsha  to monitor the printing …

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