Local Journalists Locked Out, Equipment seized at Nigerian Airport

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Over 60 journalists reporting from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital
By CPJ Blog

New York, February 7, 2012–Nigerian authorities have locked reporters based at the country’s biggest airport out of their press center and withheld their equipment since Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports.
Officials of the State Security Service and the protocol department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have denied over 60 journalists reporting from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, the country’s commercial capital, access to their cameras, voice recorders, and other tools of their trade.
According to local media reports, authorities have accused the journalists of posing a risk to national security and have threatened them with arrest if they are sighted in the vicinity of the press center at the presidential wing of the airport, where their belongings are being held.

Today, the head of the protocol department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afolabi Oduniyi, declined to comment on the issue in a phone call with CPJ, due to the “sensitive nature of the question you are asking me,” he said.

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