Press Freedom: Amnesty Int’l condemns arrest of journalist Kenechi Okenyi
Amnesty International has condemned the arrest of Kenechi Okenyi, news editor of the ‘Port City News,’ an online medium, over a story which was deemed too critical of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police.
Okenyi, was arrested at about 3:12 pm on Friday, 13 November and taken to the state police command where he was detained and interrogated for about eight hours.
His phones were taken away and he was not allowed access to his lawyer.
He was granted bail around 11:10 pm only after he was forced to write a rebuttal to his initial story.
This shocking pattern of harassing journalists is unacceptable.
Reacting to the development, Amnesty International said: “Nigeria has an obligation to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression and the rights of journalists to hold opinions and disseminate information.”