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Physical attacks, threats and arrests highlight media's urgent need for better climate

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard has written to President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua expressing deep concern about the problems being experienced by journalists in Nigeria. The organisation registered 42 press freedom violations in Nigeria in the first half of 2009 and found that, for the most part, police officers or local officials such as provincial governors were responsible. “Mr. President, we think you have a duty to react to all these press freedom (...)

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