Daniel Ojukwu, FIJ Journalist Freed After 10-Day Detention, Sparking Relief and Renewed Calls for Press Freedom

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Daniel Ojukwu, FIJ Journalist Freed After 10-Day Detention
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After a 10-day ordeal, journalist Daniel Ojukwu has finally been released from police detention, sparking widespread relief and renewed calls for press freedom in Nigeria. Ojukwu, an investigative journalist with the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), was arrested on May 1, 2024, and held without due process, sparking national and international condemnation.

The release of Ojukwu follows intense pressure from civil society groups, human rights activists, and advocacy campaigns led by organizations such as the Action Group for the Protection of Civic Actors and prominent activist Omoyele Sowore. Protests and online campaigns demanding Ojukwu’s release had gained momentum in recent days, highlighting the growing concern about the shrinking space for press freedom in Nigeria.

Ojukwu’s detention is believed to be linked to his investigative report exposing alleged corruption involving a government official. The incident has reignited concerns about the challenges faced by journalists in carrying out their work without fear of reprisal. The details surrounding Ojukwu’s detention remain unclear, but his release has been hailed as a victory for press freedom and the power of advocacy.

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Pressure from Civil Society Groups and Activists Pays Off for  Daniel Ojukwu

The incident has sparked renewed calls for the Nigerian government to protect journalists and ensure a safe and enabling environment for them to carry out their work. The release of Daniel Ojukwu is a testament to the power of collective action and the importance of holding those in power accountable.

As Ojukwu returns to his family and colleagues, the fight for press freedom and the protection of journalists continues. The incident serves as a reminder of the crucial role journalists play in holding those in power accountable and the need for a free and independent press to ensure a healthy democracy.

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