first_img Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn of the release of the two journalists who were still being held hostage in the southeastern state of Imo. South African sound engineer Nick Greyling was released on the evening of 8 March, according to Caroline Creasy, a spokesperson for M-Net Supersport, the South African TV station he works for, while Nigerian sports commentator Bowie Attamah was reportedly released on 5 March. They were kidnapped on 1 March.AFP quoted a source “who participated in the negotiations” as saying a ransom of 15 million nairas (100,000 dollars) was paid for Greyling’s release. The Nigerian authorities have denied this. Little information is available about Attamah but, like Greyling, he is said to be safe and in good health.———————————————————————————05.03.2010 – Concern for two journalists kidnapped five days ago in the Niger Delta Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep concern about the plight of two sports journalists working for South African M-Net Supersport television who were kidnapped on 1st March and are still being held hostage.South African producer Nick Greyling and Nigerian sports commentator Bowie Attamah were snatched close to airport in Owerri, capital of the south-eastern state of Imo, while they were heading to Lagos on a bus. A third journalist abducted with them, Nigerian cameraman Alexander Effiong, managed to escape from his kidnappers the following day and is currently safe in Lagos. “While hopes were high that the two journalists would be quickly released, it is worrying that they are still being held hostage. We back the efforts of the Nigerian authorities, particularly acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, and the chief of the Imo state police force in seeking to make contact with the kidnappers so that the hostages will be released as soon as possible,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Kidnapping is widespread in Nigeria, frequently directed against foreign workers with major oil companies and involving ransom demands. The always cowardly practice of kidnapping is all the more absurd when it is aimed at journalists whose financial means are very limited,” the organisation continued.The day Effiong escaped his captors, on 2 March, managing director of M-Net Supersport in Nigeria, Felix Awogu, said of the hostages, “I am very positive about their imminent release. I am sure that very soon, they will be set free.” But two days later he told Reporters Without Borders, “I regret to tell you that the two journalists are still in the hands of their captors. I remain confident about the outcome of this case, but we will have to be patient.”Nigeria is ranked 135th out of 175 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ 2009 world press freedom index, chiefly because of the high number of arbitrary arrests and high levels of violence to which journalists are subjected. Deputy editor of the daily newspaper The Guardian, Bayo Ohu, was murdered outside his home in the Lagos suburbs on 20 September 2009.Moreover, the State Security Service has for several years been on Reporters Without Borders’ list of press freedom predators. Help by sharing this information Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms June 10, 2021 Find out more NigeriaAfrica NigeriaAfrica Receive email alerts March 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of two journalists kidnapped in Niger delta regioncenter_img News to go further Organisation News News February 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Nigeria January 28, 2021 Find out more Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosureslast_img read more