Home » Headlines, Kenneth Uwadi » Calls for the release of two journalists

Calls for the release of two journalists

Nigerian government continues to send fear into the hearts of Nigerians. The government continue to wage vicious crackdown on free speech. The space for independent activism, critical journalism, and opposition political activity in Nigeria is extinguished .So many persons have been arrested in recent times to silence their voices using politically motivated criminal charges. Last week officers of the Nigerian Police stormed the  home of  a Journalist and blogger, Kemi Olunloyo  and whisked her away to the Oyo state Criminal Investigation Department office in Ibadan from where she was driven to Port Harcourt, charged to court  for cyber crime and remanded in prison for her post about Pastor David Ibiyeomie on social media.

YARPTI is against fake news for we know that Nigeria is operating social responsibility theory of communication where everyone is responsible for what he or she publishes either good or bad  but we believe that  arresting  Olunloyo and taking her from Ibadan to Port Harcourt  for what she  posted on social media is excessive. There is legal avenue that  anybody who felt a fake news was making the rounds about him or her could take against the perpetrator(s). Since the police know the location of  Olunloye, a civil case could have been instituted against her  for publishing fake news  rather than bundling her like a hardened criminal. A wrong opinion may contain a grain of truth which will lead to finding the whole truth.

We are calling on the Nigerian authorities to stop this vicious crackdown on free speech in the country. No one should drag Nigeria back to the era of military jackboot absolutism with its associated abuse of the fundamental rights of  the people to freedom of expression, among others. Nigeria is not a Police State and it is not a banana republic.

Also Delta State-born journalist and activist, Tega Samson Oghenedoro popularly known as  Fejiro Oliver has been  arrested over anti-corruption protest against  former Governor Uduaghan . He was arrested  on Thursday 16th March, 2017  in Uyo by men of the Nigeria Police Force from the Delta State Police Command and driven to Delta.

We call on political and religious  leaders  in Nigeria to stop  abusing human rights with impunity.We strongly condemn the arrest and detention of these two Nigerian Journalists: Kemi Olunloyo and Fejiro Oliver and demand for their immediate and unconditional release.

It’s down to the human rights community to make sure political and religious leaders don’t abuse their powers. If politicians and pastors or Imam continue using the police and the court to shut people up in a democracy where is the hope for the common man? The detention of the 2 Journalists in Nigeria is a bad omen .We say NO to any form of civilian dictatorship.

Free Kemi Olunloyo and Fejiro Oliver  now !!! .Please share this message widely

Join YARPTI in taking action.

Kenneth Uwadi

For  YARPTI

www.yarpti.org

Related Posts

EasyFreeAds Blog News Facebook Twitter Myspace Friendfeed Technorati del.icio.us Digg Google Yahoo Buzz StumbleUpon

Short URL: http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=47891

Posted by on Apr 16 2017. Filed under Headlines, Kenneth Uwadi. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Headlines

NNP BREAKING NEWS:

Categories

Browse Books & Magazines

Featuring Top 4/14 of Books & Magazines

Browse Corruption Politics

Featuring Top 3/97 of Corruption Politics

Justice must be Served: As we remember Ken Saro-Wiwa – 22 years after his murder

Browse NNP Columnists

Featuring Top 10/1212 of NNP Columnists

Browse National Politics

Featuring Top 5/661 of National Politics

Army, police in grand looting of IPOB leader Kanu’s home

--

FEATURED VIDEOS

SEARCH POSTS BY DAY & MONTH

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
123
4
56789
10
11
1213
1415
1617
18
1920
21
  • I am under serious pressure – Buhari…Assures improvement on aviation infrastructure By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA-AS Nigeria hosts International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said he [...]
222324
25
26
  • Atiku Divides North, APCJacob Segun Olatunji, Leon Usigbe, Muhammed Sabiu, Kola Oyelere, Isaac Shobayo, Ishola Michael, Johnson Babajide The resignation of former Vice-President [...]
2728
29
30

© 2017 New Nigerian Politics. All Rights Reserved. Log in - Designed by Gabfire Themes