Nigeria - Lagos-based daily's cartoonist attacked at home by armed intruders

    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders condemns an
attack on The Guardian newspaper's cartoonist Obe Ess, who was hit by armed
intruders in his home in the Lagos suburb of Ipaja on 19 March for unknown
reasons. Based in Lagos, The Guardian is a privately-owned daily.
    "Nigerian journalists are often the victims of violence and we urge the
authorities to put an end to the impunity enjoyed by those responsible these
attacks," the press freedom organisation said. "Measures should be taken to
protect Obe Ess and his family until the motives for the attack are
established and the perpetrators are identified and punished."
    The intruders initially seized members of the cartoonist's family, using
them as hostages while they uttered threats against him. Then one of the
intruders hit Obe Ess hard on the head with the butt of his revolver and was
about to beat him when neighbours intervened and the intruders fled. One of
them was shot as they fled.
    Obe Ess was taken to hospital for treatment to his head injury. He then
reported the attack to his newspaper.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)

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