Nigerian police detained four journalists after their newspaper reported on alleged plans by President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to disrupt opposition parties and raise the price of fuel, Leadership newspaper said.
Two of the four reporters were released late yesterday, Leadership Group Managing Director Azubuike Ishiekwene said today by phone from Abuja, the capital. Police demanded that they reveal their source for the story, according to the paper.
The police haven’t told the newspaper where the two other journalists are being held and their mobile phones are switched off, Ishiekwene said.
“That’s a brazen attack on press freedom,” Ishiekwene said. “It’s a very dangerous sign of things to come.”
The four were detained after obeying a summons to appear at police headquarters early yesterday, he said. Police spokesman Frank Mba didn’t answer two calls to his mobile phone seeking comment. Presidential spokesmen Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe’s phones were switched off when called for comment.
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