Amnesty decries ‘climate of fear’ for Nigeria journalists after 19 detained Oct 15, 2019 0 1317 12345 Lagos: Amnesty International on Monday said journalists in Nigeria are operating under a “climate of fear”, after 19 reporters were detained by security forces this year. The rights group said there has been a disturbing rise in threats and attacks on journalists for expressing critical views of the authorities on both conventional and social media in the country.“Increasingly, the human rights cost of receiving and sharing information for journalists, bloggers and activists comes with dangerous consequences, forcing journalists, bloggers and activists to operate in a climate of fear,” Amnesty’s Nigeria director Osai Ojigho said in a statement. “Journalists, bloggers and activists are facing increased risks simply for publishing articles and demanding accountability from the authorities. This is totally unacceptable. The authorities must immediately put an end to this hostility towards human rights.” Amnesty accused the police, military and the Department of State Services (DSS) secret police of being responsible for the clampdown on press freedom in Nigeria. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Kurds ‘may be releasing’ IS prisoners in Syria to get US involved: Trump Oct 15, 2019 0 202 Erdogan says US Syria withdrawal ‘positive’ Oct 15, 2019 0 150 Iran arrests opposition figure ‘directed by French intel’ Oct 15, 2019 0 174 Syrian army nears Turkish border as Kurds reach deal with Damascus Istanbul: Syrian government forces were deployed on Monday to Kurdish strongholds in north-eastern Syria following an agreement between the Kurds and Damascus to confront a Turkish incursion, a war monitor and state .. Russia denies US news report it bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours AFP Moscow Russia on Monday denied a US newspaper report that its warplanes bombed four hospitals in rebel-held territory in Syria over a period of 12 hours this year. The Russian defence ministry rubbished the claim in a .. UK experts in Iran to upgrade Arak reactor, says embassy AFP Tehran A team of British experts arrived in Iran on Monday to begin work to upgrade the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor, the UK embassy in Tehran said. Iran removed the core of the Arak facility and filled part of it with .. Iran releases pictures of tanker attacked in Red Sea Tehran: Iran on Monday released pictures showing two gaping holes in the hull of an oil tanker it alleges was attacked off Saudi Arabia last week. Tehran says the Iranian-flagged Sabiti tanker was hit by two separate .. Israeli police arrest Palestinian officials in Jerusalem AFP Jérusalem Israeli police arrested the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem and a local official of the mainstream Fatah party in dawn raids Monday in the disputed city, their lawyer said. Police arrested governor .. HK becoming ‘police state’ as thousands rally: US senator AFP Hong Kong Hong Kong is sliding towards becoming a police state, US senator Josh Hawley warned Monday, as tens of thousands filled the strife-torn city’s streets waving American flags and calling on Washington to .. Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56 Tokyo: Tens of thousands of rescuers worked into the night Monday to find survivors of a powerful typhoon in Japan that killed at least 56 people, as fresh rain threatened to hamper their efforts. Typhoon Hagibis crashed .. Attempts to split China risk ‘smashed’ bodies, says Xi Beijing: President Xi Jinping has warned that any attempts to split China would result in “bodies smashed and bones ground to powder”, amid four months of anti-Beijing unrest in Hong Kong. Xi issued the dire message ..