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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

IPC Calls For The Immediate Release of Detained Akwa-Ibom Journalist

The International Press Center, Lagos has demanded the immediate release of Kufre Carter a sports presenter with XL 106.9 FM in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

According to a report by Secret reporters dated April 28, 2020, Kufre Carter is being detained by the Department of State Security over a leaked telephone conversation he had with a medical doctor on the method deployed by the Akwa Ibom state government in handling the spread of dreaded Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC in a Statement said his detention is a gross violation of Mr Kufre's rights, the Nigerian laws and all democratic tenets

“The recurring  developments underscore the remarkable fact that even after twenty years of ceaseless democracy, the government can still create subtle censorships to muzzle journalists and other independent voices at the faintest criticism” Mr Arogundade lamented

IPC calls for the unconditional release of the detained journalist and ‘an end to all forms of impunity against the media.’

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