Letter to provincial governor about journalist forced to go into hiding

first_img Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further June 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to provincial governor about journalist forced to go into hiding Receive email alerts NigeriaAfrica News June 10, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeriacenter_img Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms News Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Chief Timipre Sylva, the governor of the southern state of Bayelsa, asking him to guarantee the safety of a journalist who went into hiding a week ago after being threatened. This is the text of the letter:Chief Timipre Sylva, Bayelsa State Governor, Yenagoa, NigeriaParis, 4 June 2009Dear Governor Sylva,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to share with you its concern about the safety of Segun James, the national newspaper Thisday’s correspondent in the state you govern. He has had to flee Yenagoa, the state capital, and go into hiding after learning that certain individuals are after him.Several individuals who did not identify themselves made several visits to Thisday’s bureau in Yenagoa on 27 May asking where Segun James was. These repeated visits came the day after the publication of an article by James about the arrest of Ken Niweigha, the alleged mastermind of the 1999 murders of 12 policemen. It is reported that Niweigha is the elder brother of your current aide-de-camp. You reportedly denied this in an interview for Bayelsa Radio.It is not entirely clear why these individuals are currently looking for James. We urge you to take this matter very seriously and do everything possible to identify the people who are threatening him.As you know, journalists are often the victims of intimidation and physical attacks in Nigeria. By publicly undertaking to guarantee James’s security you would demonstrate your commitment to press freedom and would sent a strong signal to all those who might be tempted to target journalists in Bayelsa State.We trust you will give our request your careful consideration.Respectfully,Jean-François JulliardSecretary General RSF_en NigeriaAfrica February 8, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Nigerialast_img

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