16 February 1998


Agents disrupt publication

(IFEX's partner in Nigeria/IFEX) - On 4 February 1998, security agents
raided the Ibadan Oyo state offices of the "Daily Sketch", and disrupted the
production of the day's edition. Arriving at the offfices around 1:00 in two
vehicles, the agents claimed that they were investigating an article
concerning a meeting of the five registered political parties which had
resolved to adopt General Sani Abacha as a consensus presidential candidate.
When newspaper staff objected, their Managing Director, Prince Sola
Oyegbemi, was summoned from his house. Unable to get Oyegbemi's cooperation,
the agents locked him in his office for about four hours. They then left
with the story layout. The paper still managed to publish its daily edition,
but without the allegedly offensive story, which was carried by other

ia in the
autonomous territories -asking them to use their influence to enable the
local television station in Bethlehem to resume broadcasting

Appeals To

Mr Yasser Arafat
President of the Palestinian Authority
Fax : (972) 7 823 744

Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

For further information, contact Djallal Malti or Arno Muller at RSF, rue
Geoffroy Marie, Paris 75009, France, tel: +33 1 44 83 84 84, fax: +33 1 45
23 11 51, e-mail: rsf@rsf.fr, Internet: http://www.rsf.fr

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