Journalist arrested, charged under cyber crime law in Nigeria

Nigerian authorities should immediately drop charges against journalist Obinna Don Norman, release him from prison, and reform the 2015 cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Mr Norman, owner and editor-in-chief of online news outlet The Realm News, was arrested on March 1 by police in Umuahia, the capital of Nigeria’s southeastern Abia state, while he was at local radio station Flo FM to discuss politics on air, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ from Afara prison in Umuahia.

The day he was arrested, Mr Norman was charged in an Abia state magistrate court under Nigeria’s 2015 cybercrime act, he told CPJ. During a second court appearance today, he was charged under an Abia state anti-terrorism and kidnapping law from 2009, he said. Norman is alleged to have defamed and harassed Abia state senator Theodore Orji of the People’s Democratic Party, according to the journalist and two charge sheets reviewed by CPJ

Read more

Story Details

Created: 11/03/2019

Author: Akpede Benedicta
Related Report: Journalist arrested and charged under cybercrime law
Tags:

Other Stories


Nigerian journalist Kofi Bartels says police beat him, threatened him with sexual assault

Nigerian authorities must investigate and hold accountable the police officers responsible for al...
Read More

Nigerian authorities plan to arrest Fisayo Soyombo over undercover investigations

A journalist whose undercover stories exposed the depth of corruption in Nigerian police cells an...
Read More

Channels TV Reporter Precious Owolabi Shot During Shiite, Police Clash Is Dead

Owolabi, an NYSC corps member serving with Channels Television, was hit by a stray bullet while c...
Read More