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Film crew, assistant released from unjustified detention

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 17 April 2008 CPJ press release:

NIGERIA: CPJ welcomes the release of U.S. documentary film crew

New York, April 17, 2008 - In response to news reports that four American documentary filmmakers and a Nigerian national were released yesterday evening after spending five days in state security custody in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, the Committee to Protect Journalists released the following statement:

"We are relieved that our colleagues were released," CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Tom Rhodes said. "They were held for no reason; the filmmakers entered the country legally on April 5. We call on Nigerian authorities to allow journalists to carry out their work in the volatile oil-producing Niger Delta region without harassment so they can report on this important political story."

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