chapter  9
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Defiant Publishing in Nigeria

ByDapo Olorunyomi

In June 1995 in Nigeria, the despotic regime of Gen. Sani Abacha sentenced to jail four editors—Kunle Ajibade, Charles Obi, George Mbah and Christine Anyanwu—after accusing them of conspiring to overthrow his martial order. Hardly had these editors begun to serve their 15-year terms when, in December of the same year, another editor, Nosa Igiebor, was arrested and jailed—this time without any charge against him and no benefit of a trial. Was it a coincidence that all these editors practiced within the tradition of the newsmagazine genre? No.