Abuja, March 31, 2020 -- Authorities in Nigeria must ensure that measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic do not prevent journalists from covering the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Yesterday, Nigerian Information Minister Lai Mohammed said that journalists would be required to carry a valid identity card to move around in the two southwestern states of Lagos and Ogun, as well as in the capital Abuja, as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s lockdowns in those areas, which were imposed on March 29, according to a report by the privately owned Premium Times newspaper.

Mohammed did not respond to CPJ’s calls and a message today asking for clarification on what kind of identification cards would be considered valid, and what punishments journalists would receive for failing to carry such cards.

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Report Details

Report Type: Denial Of Access
Location: FCT- Abuja
Victim: Journalists
Affiliation: Media Houses
Assailant: Presidency

Nigeria imposes harsh restrictions for journalist movement and access, citing coronavirus

Abuja, March 31, 2020 -- Authorities in Nigeria must ensure that measures taken to respond to the...
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