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Reporter freed after 11 days of detention but authorities refuse to return his passport

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders hails the release of journalist Jonathan Elendu of the news website Elendu Reports ( http://www.elendureports.com ) on 29 October 2008. He was held for 11 days at the headquarters of the State Security Service in the capital, Abuja.

"Elendu is free but the authorities confiscated his passport and personal effects," Reporters Without Borders said. "Eleven days of interrogation and detention without charge is an abuse of authority. We call for the return of his passport, so that he can fly back to the United States, where he resides."

Elendu said after his release: "It was the most awful experience I have ever had. It was only on the 10th day that I was able to see my lawyers for the first time. [The authorities] tried to undermine my resolve but they did not succeed."

Updates the Elendu case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/98035/

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