Journalism of Courage

Amal Clooney Call for Sowore’s Release



The Clooney Foundation for Justice, on Friday issued a statement demanding Omoyele Sowore be freed on bail.


The plight of Omoyele Sowore, 48, has continued to draw attention, most recently from Amal Clooney.


“It is outrageous that Nigeria continues to imprison a journalist and Presidential candidate after a court has ordered his release, said Amal Clooney.


TrialWatch will continue to monitor Mr. Sowore’s trial and calls on the authorities to implement the court’s order as soon as possible,”  she said.


In 2019, Clooney was appointed the special envoy on media freedom by the British  Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


“My husband is not the only journalist in this situation,” Sowore’s wife Opeyemi Sowore told the Washington Post. “It’s always the same thing. They’ve taken others for speaking out against corruption. It’s a disturbing trend when journalists and others who are trying to make the country better are silenced through detention.”


Sowore and his wife live in Haworth, New Jersey with their 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.


“He has missed our 10-year-old son’s birthday, his dad wasn’t there to celebrate with him. He missed our 15th year anniversary,” his wife told WCBS. “He loves to be there to take the kids for their first day of school when they go back in the fall, and he missed that as well.”


Sowore has an upcoming hearing set for Dec. 5.




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