Name: Nigeria Accused of Harassing Journalists

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Africa

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion , Other

MediumPrint Journalism

Artist: Jeff Koinange

Confronting Bodies: Nigerian secret police

Date of Action: October 2003

Specific Location: Nigeria

Description of Artwork: Work of varying issues produced by foriegn journalists or international organizations.

Description of Incident: Nigerian secret police threatened to deport two foriegn journalists, Jeff Kionange, the west African bureau chief of CNN, and his cameraman, Simon Matiri. Koinange and Matiri were held for several hours on arrival at Lagos' International Airport. The two men were approached by a group of police and immigration officials who told them that they were to leave on the next flight from Nigeria. Matiri was slapped to the ground when he tried to videotape the incident.

Results of Incident: The journalists were allowed to stay in the country. According to Koinange, "at least they corrected it quickly, and it was good to see that." The Nigerian government is still trying to improve its reputation for freedom of press violations.


Submitted By: NCAC

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