Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Freedom of information

I am very disappointed with this news. The SSS has arrested Jonathan Elendu of Elendu reports, a political blog that features news and political articles about Nigeria. He was arrested on arrival at the airport under suspicion of being a journalist for Sahara Reporters, one of my favourite places to get the main "koko" of the matter.

What is happening? First Channels Tv, and now arresting an online blogger? I am afraid Yar'adua is going to be a surprise to many in that country. He is one of those that actually bites before even barks!

Why do we insist going backwards? When the world is developing, why do we insist on behaving like uncivilised human beings?

And all that "rule of law" bullshit, hypocrites!

16 comments:

Lost at The End said...

Wow. That's pathetic really. The thing though is that Elendu is actually different from Sahara Reports. As for as I know, (things may have changed) the Sahara Reports guys used to report for Elendu reports but struck out on their own at some point.

Anyway, back to your point, Nigeria should be careful o. Have you read some of the arguments put forth by the house against the Freedom of Information Bill? They're barbaric.

ababoypart2 said...

Next targets - bloggers! A source close to a source close to a source within the SSS told me so...

Naapali said...

We should not be surprised. A society where governors spend public money congratulating a president on his birthday is not exactly one that rule of law prevails. A society where decency acts are promoted in senate but freedom of information is not is not one that values freedom either.

Red Eyes said...

oh, i see now you are getting it

Patrice said...

Ridiculous. Next they will order the USA to arrest and extradite Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, owner of Blogger, for publishing Nigerian blogs.

For the love of me said...

This is just barbaric but the good side means the online world is getting even more powerful and whether they like it or not we'll continue to use it to tell them how corrupt they are.
I hope elendu is released soon and as for yardy, I can only say it's a matter of time.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

i HAD NO CLUE. i WAS LOOKING AROUND READING MY FAVORITE BLOGS THIS MORNING LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION AND OF COURSE, YOU HAVE DELIVERED. oFF TO SPREad the word and sorry for the caps!

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

ok, quick question, you got this from Sahara, right? You know any other way for me to confirm this story? No offense to Sahara, but I don't ever read them and refrain from using their juicy stories. Anyway, let me find you...

If this is true, then this is extremely troubling on all sorts of levels....

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

ignore last message, have confirmed the info

Beauty said...

They do not get it and it is never too late to learn. Just watch the galactic raise of Jonathan Elendu & Sahara Reporters.

rayo said...

this is sad, this country doesnt seem to be progressing at all, in fact it seems we've turned right around and are just going back, just lyk u said. besides whatever happened to section 39

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

linked to your story at NIGERIAN CURIOSITY

sokari said...

I have never been here before but am happy to see it is a "hate free zone" that in itself is a radical statement!.

No wonder so many Nigerian bloggers are using pseudonyms

sokari said...

I have never been here before but am happy to see it is a "hate free zone" that in itself is a radical statement!.

No wonder so many Nigerian bloggers are using pseudonyms

Nigerian Entrepreneur said...

I thought the days of tagging "Freedom of Speech" treasonable felony has passed.

Where is this one resurrecting from?

jays inspiration said...

It is really pathetic.a nation of 50,The acclaimed giant of afica.still developing.i love this nation so much,but it confronts me with all these sad news....May God help us.