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Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Fidelis Ikwuebe

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2000
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Fidelis Ikwuebe, January 2000, available at: [accessed 22 October 2016]
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April 18, 1999, in Anambra, Nigeria

Ikwuebe, a freelance journalist who contributed to the Lagos daily The Guardian, was abducted and murdered while covering violent clashes between the Aguleri and Umuleri communities in Anambra State. It was not clear who was responsible for Ikwuebe's death. According to local journalists, however, the state military administration at that time was very sensitive about news coverage of the fighting, which left several hundred people dead, and the environment was a dangerous one for journalists. Throughout the year, widespread communal fighting – including ethnic clashes and community feuds – killed many hundreds of civilians in different parts of the country.

Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Human Rights
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Military Officials
Taken Captive:Yes


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