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US-Nigerian Sahara Reporters website reports assets frozen amid surveillance, censorship

In an alert published on December 10 titled US-Nigerian Sahara Reporters website reports assets frozen amid surveillance, censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) documents these attacks that include harassment, cyber attacks and freezing of operating funds which has severely impacted Sahara Reporter’s ability to operate.

Sahara Reporters, Cheif Operating Officer, La Keisha Landrum Pierre said about the attacks, “Omoyele Sowore is the heart and soul of our organization and we must forge ahead. If the voice of Sahara Reporters is silenced, the oppressive Nigerian government wins. We cannot allow that to happen.”

In a second post on December 11, CPJ also described Sowore’s case in the context of severe crackdowns on free speech in the region and the important role of "activist journalists in the region Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expression.

Both pieces provide an excellent analysis of the extent of Nigeria's assault on free speech and the media.