RSF protests against threat to kill journalist

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Paris-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters sans Frontieres, on Thursday said it was worried by threats to kill the French Press Agency (AFP) Correspondent in northern Nigeria, Aminu Abubakar.
Reporters without borders said it had received reports that Abubakar, who is based in Kano, had on Wednesday gone to Tafawa Balewa town, in Bauchi State, to cover incidents of violence between Christians and Moslems.
As he interviewed people in the streets, members of a Christian organisation, known as the Youth of Zar in Sayawa community threatened to kill him and forced him to tear his note book, says an RSF news release received by PANA in Dakar.
Aminu Abubakar, who is Moslem, left the town under police escort, the release added.
RSF Secretary General Robert Menard has written a letter to the Bauchi State governor, Ahmadu Adamu Muazu, asking him to provide bodyguards to journalists covering the violence between Christians and Muslims in his area.
Bauchi introduced the Islamic "Sharia" law on 31 March 2001 amid protests by the Christian community.
Several people have been killed since the introduction of Sharia.

05 july 2001 20:34:00

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