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Nigeria: writers and academics protest charges against journalist Omoleye Sowore


E nglish PEN’s President Philippe Sands is among the many writers and academics to have added their support to the following letter calling for all charges against Nigerian journalist Omoleye Sowore to be dropped.

Dear Sir or Madame,

We, the undersigned, write to express our deep concern regarding the arrest of journalist and activist Mr. Omoyele Sowore in Nigeria on August 3, 2019. Sowore was detained without bail by the Nigerian State Security Service in Lagos. There are seven charges against him including treason and money laundering. A High Court judge has ruled that Sowore should be released pending his trial but must surrender his passport.

Mr. Sowore is a world-renowned journalist. He has pioneered new and important avenues in the field of investigative journalism. He is a graduate of the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. In addition, he is the founder of the well-known online investigative news outlet, Sahara Reporters that focuses on corruption and political misconduct.

Many colleagues in the worlds of journalism and academia hold Mr. Sowore in great esteem for his life-long effort in speaking truth to power.

Please consider dropping the charges against Mr. Sowore and please release him as soon as possible.

**Add your support here**

Sincerely

  • Ned Phelps, winner of the 2006 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Philippe Sands QC, President of English PEN
  • Niran Okewole, Second Vice President, PEN Nigeria & Chair, Writers in Prison Committee
  • Zaffar Abbas editor, Dawn newspaper, Pakistan
  • Victor Herrero
  • Aguayo
  • Roby Alampay Business World, Philippines
  • Guilherme Amado Abraji, EPOCA, Brazil
  • Mauricio Angelo The Mining Observatory, Brazil
  • Jennifer Avila Contracorrente, Honduras
  • Karen Attiah Journalist, Washington Post
  • Caelain Barr The Guardian
  • Eliza Margarita Bates
  • Benjamin Becker USA
  • Nathalie Bertrams freelance journalist, Brussels
  • Charl Blignaut City Press, South Africa
  • Shanta Bloemen
  • Clifford Bob Professor, Duquesne University
  • Christopher Booker Journalist, PBS
  • Anissa Bouziane writer
  • Cate Brown
  • Thanassii Cambanis senior fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Prue Clarke Senior Executive Officer at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas
  • Oliver Classen Media Director, Public Eye, Switzerland
  • Carl Collison freelance journalist
  • Sheila Coronel Professor, Columbia Journalism School
  • Ann Cooper Ann Cooper, Professor Emirata, Columbia Journalism School
  • Peter Cunliffe-Jones Author & Africheck
  • Pooja Dantewadia data journalist, India
  • Jacqueline Davalos
  • Ides Debruyn Journalismfund.eu
  • Samuel de Jaeger Austria
  • Anuska Delic Ostrp, Slovenia
  • Paulette Desormeaux Sembra Media
  • Amira Dhalla
  • Kunda Dixit Nepali Times
  • Marius Draogmir Director, Center for Media, Data and Society
  • Claudia Dreifus Professor, Columbia University
  • Pamela Druckerman writer, Paris
  • Ngozi Marion
  • Emmanuel Nigeria/UK
  • Ingrid Ernø International Development Consultant
  • Govindraj Ethiraj founder, India Spend
  • Liza Featherstone Journalist, The Nation
  • Maxime Ferrer Le Monde
  • Mary Fitzgerald Open Democracy
  • Will Fitzgibbon ICIJ
  • Nathaniel Parrish
  • Flannery
  • Claudia Fischer, Freelance journalist, Germany
  • Rana Foroohar, Journalist, FT & CNN
  • Ingrid Gercama freelance journalist, Netherlands
  • Catherine Gicheru, journalist, ICFJ
  • Todd Gitlin Professor, Columbia Journalism School
  • Misha Glenny, Journalist
  • Daniel Gorman, Director, English PEN
  • Steven Greenhouse, former New York Times reporter
  • Kristen Grennan
  • Maureen Grisot
  • John Grobler Investigative journalist, Namibia
  • Emilie Guitard Laboratoire PRODIG, CNRS.
  • Mujib Habibzai
  • Ferrial Haffajee journalist, editor
  • Delphine Halgand-
  • Mishra executive director, The Signals Network
  • Anton Harber Univeristy of Witswatersrand, South Africa
  • Ernest Harsch Journalist & Research Scholar, Insitute of African Studies, Columbia University
  • Larry Heinzerling Columbia University
  • Stefanie Helbig jounalist, Autorenwerk
  • James Hollings Professor, Massey University
  • Robert Howse Professor New York University
  • Carlos Huertas Connectas
  • Mark Lee Hunter founding member, Global Investigative Journalism Network
  • Houb Jaspers VPRO Broadcasting, the Netherlands
  • Elunya Joseph Uganda
  • Kago Kamane Ink Centre for Investigative Journalism, Botswana
  • Tim Karr Tim Karr
  • Shruti Kedia
  • Leonard
  • Kehnscherper Switzerland
  • Ruby Khan
  • Sameeksha Khare<>/li>
  • Peter Klein Executive Director, Global Reporting Centre
  • Sophie Knowles Middlesex University, UK
  • Andrea Kramar
  • Kamel Labidi Journalist and Human Rights Defender
  • Kirsty Lang Journalist
  • Patrick Langat Daily Nation, Kenya
  • Thomas Lansner Professor, Columbia University
  • Jan Lublinski DW Akademie
  • Tom Maliti Journalist, International Justice Monitor
  • Gregory Mann Professor, Columbia University
  • Niha Masik
  • Dr. C McMahon
  • Karolina Koc
  • Michalska Professor, Audiencia Business School
  • Andrea Milivojevic Cenrer for Investigative Journalism, Serbia
  • Mira Milosevic GFMD
  • Miriam Missbichler Sciences-P
  • Marius Moniak Goethe University
  • Elise Mougin Science Po
  • Jessica Murray
  • Joseph Mwenda Zambia News Diggers
  • Kwetey Nartey Joy News, Ghana
  • Okey Ndibe Novelist
  • Akbar Noman Columbia University
  • Sarah Jane Noujeim
  • Ntibinyane
  • Ntibinyane Ink Centre for Investigative Journalism, Botswana
  • Anselm Okolo Journalist
  • Ivan Okuda Wits University
  • Dayo Olopade
  • Joshua Olufemi Premium Times
  • Barnaby Pace Global Witness
  • Samantha Pilane Ink Centre for Investigative Journalism, Botswana
  • Ned Phelps Nobel Prize in Economics, 2006
  • Viviana Phelps
  • Rafael Rauch Swiss TV
  • Gavin Rees Dart Center, London
  • Mosibudi Rettebjane journalist, South Africa
  • Yazan Rous Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
  • Stella Roque Open Markets Institute, Washington DC
  • Juliana Ruhfu Al Jazeera
  • Rana Sabbagh executive director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
  • Felix Salmon Journalist
  • Philippe Sands Q.C.
  • Joseph J Sass
  • Anya Schiffrin Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • J. Ross Settles Hong Kong University
  • Liuba Șevciuc Rise Moldova
  • Bruce Shapiro Journalist and Professor, Dart Center, Columbia Journalism School
  • Khadija Sharife Africa Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
  • Jayeeta Sharma Professor, University of Toronto
  • Francisca Skoknick director, School of Journalism, University Diego Portales, Chile
  • Sandisiwe Shoba Daily Maverick, South Africa
  • Helene Spiritus Brazil
  • Christoph Spurk Professor, Institute of Applied Media Studies
  • Dean Starkman Journalist
  • Mark Steitz Professor, Columbia University
  • Ruti Teitel Ernest C Stiefel professor, New York Law School
  • Sanne Teringen Argos, VPRO (Netherlands)
  • Deepak Tiwari India
  • Julia Ritz Toffoli
  • Estacio Valoi Mozambique Investigative Journalism Center
  • Sofia Vargas C4ADS
  • Raffi Wartanian
  • Jeanny Wasielewski
  • Leon William