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Niger Releases Journalists Detained Over Corruption Claims

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Protesters take part in a demonstration organized by a coalition of opposition parties in front of the Parliament in Niamey on December 28, 2013. Thousands of Nigeriens demonstrated accusing the regime of President Mahamadou Issoufou of 'corruption,' 'dictatorship' and of 'censoring' opponents in the public media. AFP PHOTO / BOUREIMA HAMA (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has freed two journalists and an activist who were detained this week as part of a recent spate of arrests condemned by international press freedom groups.

Zakari Amadou, a talk show host, and Ousmane Dan Badji, editor of the newspaper L'Union, confirmed their release on Thursday. However, Badji said he has been told the case against him remains active.

Officials have said that during a televised debate on Jan. 14 the Nigerian journalists allegedly accused President Mahamadou Issoufou of corruption. They appeared alongside activist Nayoussa Djimraou who also was detained.

Last week, two other Nigerian journalists were detained based on similar accusations but released Monday.

Reporters Without Boarders and the Committee to Protect Journalists had both issued statements calling for the journalists to be freed.

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