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Tough press law adopted by the Nigerian military

Nigeria's military government published a tough new press law Tuesday. An individual found guilty under the new law will be liable to a maximum jail sentence of two years. Publishing organizations could face minimum fines of $13, 000, and the government will be empowered to close newspapers or radio stations for 12 months if they are believed to be ''detrimental to the interest of the federation.''

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Trial will be by special tribunal, presided over by a Supreme Court judge who will have three senior military officers on his panel. The onus of proof is on the person charged with publishing a false report or any story that brings government officials into ridicule or disrepute. The tribunal's decision will be final.

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