New York, February 12, 2020 — The Committee to Defend Journalists right now referred to as on Nigerian authorities to fall all costs versus Agba Jalingo, the publisher of the privately owned news website CrossRiverWatch, and set him no cost. Jalingo is set to appear at a federal large court docket in Calabar metropolis tomorrow on amended costs, like cybercrime relating to his outlet’s reporting on Cross River Governor Benedict Ayade, and terrorism, in accordance to a charge sheet, which CPJ reviewed, and Jalingo’s lawyer, Attah Ochinke, who spoke to CPJ in a cell phone job interview.
“The ongoing, opaque prosecution of Agba Jalingo for his journalism remains a grave screen of the threats journalists deal with performing in Nigeria,” stated Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa method coordinator. “Nigerian authorities should drop the rates from Jalingo, cease utilizing cybercrime and anti-terrorism laws to silence the press, and reform these legal guidelines to assure they can’t be made use of from journalists.”
Jalingo has been jailed considering the fact that August 22, 2019, when he was arrested and in the beginning billed with disturbance of general public peace and treason, as CPJ documented at the time. In Oct 2019, he was denied bail and a federal significant court docket in Calabar blocked community entry to the courtroom and granted anonymity to individuals anticipated to present evidence from him, a go his attorney stated would limit the defense’s means to obstacle phony testimony, CPJ reported at the time. Jalingo currently has one more bail software pending, Ochinke mentioned.