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Only In Print: Nigerian Writer Faces Cybercrime Charge After Reporting Slaughter of Christians

Displaced women sit outside a shelter for families who escaped violence between herders and farming communities in northern Nigeria. Journalist Luka Binniyat, a Catholic, writes about the violence, but the government has charged him with cybercrime allegations in his reporting. (Photo: CNS/Inusa Joshua, Reuters)

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — A Nigerian journalist faces criminal allegations that he spread false information during his reporting about the murders of 38 Christians in his native country. Luka Binniyat, a Catholic, was released from jail after posting bond on Feb. 3.

He will be tried later on charges that he violated Nigeria’s Cybercrimes Act. Prosecutors claim he distributed false information when he wrote about…

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