Nigerian writers and journalists are facing relentless attempts by state and non-state actors to suppress political criticism and to censor film and music productions, said PEN International as Nigeria’s human rights record comes under scrutiny at the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva.
“Colonial era legislation and Shar’ia law are used to censor and persecute writers, who also face an increasing threat from armed groups,” said Ann Harrison, Programme Director of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee.
PEN International, together with PEN Nigeria, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Publishers Association, made a formal submission with seven recommendations to the Nigerian authorities.
PEN International – 23 October 2013:
Nigerian writers face climate of intimidation, censorship and repression