Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I can now confirm that Emeka Emmanuel Asiwe, the owner of huhuonline.com, has been released from SSS detention. Asiwe was arrested on October 28th. Unfortunately, like fellow Nigerian blogger, Jonathan Elendu, he is not allowed to leave the country and return to the United States, his country of residence.

This, no matter how small, is good news.

Now, all that is left is to get the likes of Asiwe and Elendu their freedom to actually leave Nigeria.
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N.I.M.M.O said...

Our people say that two cannot be wrong in a discussion. Me, I have decided to be blond like Tony Tetuila. I have some questions:

1. With all these happening, is it not strange that 'Mr. Rule of the Law' himself, Nigeria's AGF and Justice Minister, Michael Kaase Aondoakaa SAN has been silent?

Maybe he's just living up to his billing as the 'Defender of the Powerful'. If it was Ibori or Dariye that was arrested and detained, he would have quoted the whole constitution by now.

2. I have asked this question before and will ask it again: Who is an 'Online Journalist'? How do we define a person as one.

Practically all major newspapers in Nigeria have a website/URL and online edition, is that different?

Does the fact that I have a laptop, broadband internet and some free space from Google Blogger/Word Press (or a $18 domain name) where I can write whatever I like make me a journalist? The 'online' type that is.

3. This 'Police State' that people refer to severally, where is it? Does it now bring the number of states in Nigeria to 37?

Or does it just exist in some people's imagination?

NneomaMD said...

this is amazing news....and to think that just the other day I asked after him on your blog...and your fired back with this exclusive scoop....thanks. i would really like to hear their perspective on their forced detention and implications for print and online journalists. thanks for staying on top of this....also, great questsion n.i.m.m.o

joicee said...

My prayer is that they will be given their total freedom.

Thank you for keeping us up to date on this matter.

Anonymous said...

I've been praying to God to protect Emeka from the dracula's hands. It's unfortunate that our beloved country is drenched with corruption and abuse of human rights. I'm always pained when I read that a journalist (be it online or offline) has been arrested.

Please I'll advice all Online journalists or bloggers to be very cautious and secretive while entering the country.

May God protect all the Nigerian bloggers.

Okey.Chukbyke C. said...

Thank you for your untiring efforts to follow these issues and bring them to limelight.

I am always of the opinion that respectable institutions should be respected in all cultures and when mistakes are made by anyone (journalist or not) democratically approved sanctions should be applied.

From what we read , the sanctions (arrests and detention without trial)for the expression of opinion by some bloggers fall far below our professed democracy and human rights.

I am particularly disappointed in the 'dead silence' on this issue by hundreds our young lovely bloggers who I have come across recently on the net writing beautiful English, dreamland poems and their powerful testimonies of the powers of our Lord Jesus Christ. BTW Christ's message was basically on equality and human rights also if one would like to emulate him anyway.

I wonder the day they might get tired of these or decide venture into human rights as Christ,get arrested in Ghana, Uganda, Russia, USA or Nigeria and nobody talks or does nothing about their situation in any way.
Unless they believe these guys were totally wrong and merit their fate then it is still our duty to appeal to the 'angered'institutions holding them to apply approved democratic rules or at least have mercy on them ..if you like.

guerreiranigeriana said...

...great questions by n.i.m.m.o.!...glad that he has been released...too bad he can't move around freely...where are all the human rights activist people that should be making a big stink about this?...

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