Reporters With out Borders (RSF) urged Niger authorities on Monday to right away launch Niger journalist Samira Sabou. Niger information outlet Air data confirmed with Sabou’s relations that Niger authorities arrested Sabou at her dwelling on September 30 for an unknown motive.
Abdoul Kader Nouhou, Sabou’s husband, told the Committee to Shield Journalists (CPJ) that 4 unidentified males positioned a hood over Sabou’s head, took Sabou to an unmarked automobile and took her telephone from her dwelling earlier than driving Sabou away. Nouhou stated he was unaware of the place the 4 males took Sabou to and that the judicial police of Niamey, Niger denied that they arrested Sabou.
On Monday, the Committee to Shield Journalists wrote:
The Nigerien authorities should urgently determine the lads who arrested journalist Samira Sabou on September 30 and guarantee her fast launch and security … This arrest deepens [the Committee to Protect Journalists’] considerations concerning the working surroundings of Nigerien journalists and their capacity to tell the Nigerien public with out concern of reprisal.
RSF additionally wrote that Sabou’s household has not obtained any information about her since she was arrested. The group referred to as upon Niger authorities to reveal her whereabouts, allow her lawyer to see her and launch her from custody.
The Niamey Excessive Courtroom beforehand sentenced Sabou in January 2022 to a one-month suspended jail time period and a superb on defamation costs for reporting on points related to drug trafficking in Niger. She was additionally imprisoned in June 2020 on cybercrime costs as a result of she posted about an audit of Niger’s navy on Fb.
Niger is at present dominated by navy junta Nationwide Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland, which seized energy in a navy coup that overthrew former President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26. The worldwide neighborhood has extensively condemned the coup and the junta’s rule, with the African Union suspending Niger’s participation and ECOWAS imposing sanctions towards the coup leaders.