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Rights Group Slams Detention Of Journalists In Nigeria

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) campaign group on Tuesday denounced the growing harassment of the media and a “climate of fear” created by security agencies in Nigeria as two journalists face court.

The recent arrests of several reporters and activists in Nigeria highlight a disturbing trend towards repression of freedom of expression, the group said in a statement.

“Throwing reporters in jail for doing their job of informing the public sends a chilling message to journalists in Nigeria,” HRW researcher Anietie Ewang added.

“The Nigerian authorities need to end any harassment and ensure that members of the press can operate without fear.”

Jones Abiri, a journalist at the Weekly Source newspaper, was arrested by the State Security Service and held incommunicado for nearly two years without trial, HRW said.

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He was held over allegations he had ties to rebels in the Niger Delta, an oil-rich region in the southeast of the country.

Following a massive media campaign, he was released on bail on August 16. His trial will begin on September 5 in the capital Abuja.

Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist for the Premium Times website, was arrested in mid-August and released on bail a few days later after publishing a confidential report on a parliament takeover by security agencies.

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On August 7, armed and hooded police and security service personnel blocked access to the parliament in Abuja for several hours, preventing parliamentarians, employees and journalists from entering. The head of the security services, Lawal Musa Daura, was sacked in the aftermath.

Ogundipe is scheduled to appear in court on August 23 accused of stealing classified documents.

“State Security agencies… have previously been implicated in abuse of power and human rights violations across the country, including illegal arrests, detention, and torture,” HRW added.

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“Firing Lawal Daura is not enough to transform the abusive State Security Service into a rights-respecting institution, without overhauling the systems that make abuse possible,” Ewang said.

“Nigerian authorities should take immediate steps to end the pervasive atmosphere of fear and intimidation by security agencies. Dropping all charges against Jones Abiri and Samuel Ogundipe for exercising free expression is a good place to start.”

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan To Visit South Africa and Angola

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan To Visit South Africa and Angola

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, John Sullivan is visiting South Africa and Angola this week.  Although the aim is to strengthen bilateral relations with the two countries, it is believed when he meets with South Africa, the contentious Venezuela vote in the United Nations will come up.

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South Africa voted against a US resolution in the UN Security Council that Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, should be recognized as president until elections are held. In other words, South Africa voted against removing Nicolas Maduro as Venezuelan president.

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On the Angolan side, the U.S. commends the country’s new President Joao Lourenco for stamping out corruption.  Sullivan will also discuss strengthening bilateral ties with the nation.

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Kenya: Fire Razes Section Of Toi Market In Kibera

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Kenya: Fire Razes Section Of Toi Market In Kibera

A huge fire has razed a section of Toi market in Kibera, some seven kilometers from Nairobi’s central business district.

Witnesses say the fire broke out at about 3a.m. local time on Tuesday and, within three hours, it had reduced to ashes property worth millions of shillings.

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At the same time, the flames had spread fast.  Shanties, including those in residential areas, were said to have smouldered after being burnt to the ground.

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The open-air market, famous for used clothes, fresh produce, artefacts and toys, is located on the outskirts of Kibera Slum, one of the biggest informal settlements in Africa.

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The market is a meeting place for thousands of buyers and sellers, but it has suffered devastating fire incidents every year since 2014.

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Singapore: Jewel Changi Airport To Open Next Month

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Singapore: Jewel Changi Airport To Open Next Month

The wait is finally over for travelers who frequently fly into Singapore’s Changi Airport.

More than five years since revealing plans for the airport’s stunning new addition, officials have announced that the “Jewel Changi Airport” complex will open to the public in the first week of next month.

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The distinctive doughnut-shaped jewel is first and foremost a central hub in connecting three of Changi Airport’s current four terminals.

Conceived by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie as a new “magical garden,” Jewel Changi Airport is nearly one and a half million square feet.  It is reported to have cost a whopping one and a quarter billion dollars to build.

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