Abiri Jones has been in a Nigerian prison for two years simply for his journalism. Now he is facing trumped up charges.
The Nigerian authorities won’t let him see any of his family, including his five children, or even his lawyer. He has spent two long years cut off from the people he loves, and from anyone that can help his case.
Just like everyone in Nigeria, Abiri has the right to his freedom. Worryingly, his situation illustrates a much bigger threat in Nigeria: that everyone’s freedom to speak out and express their views is at serious risk.
Journalists, bloggers and the people that stand up for human rights in Nigeria are constantly being arrested, harassed and intimidated by the authorities. Trumped up charges is one tactic the government uses to jail people who are speaking out against the government.
Sign the petition demanding that Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice drop all charges against Abiri Jones and release him from prison.
Abiri is going to court on the 16th August, we need to act now and put pressure on the people in power who can help stop Abiri from being locked up any longer. Staff from Amnesty will collect your signatures and send them to the authorities before the trial in order to show our support for Abiri.
Please take action now.