President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill is regarded as a missed opportunity to lead in the push for digital rights in Nigeria as well as Africa.
The IPC condemned increased attacks on journalists during the recently heard Governorship and State Assembly elections when compared to the Presidential and Senatorial elections held two weeks ago.
The International Press Centre in Lagos condemns the reported attacks on media practitioners during the Presidential and Senatorial elections over the weekend.
Members of the #KeepItOn coalition highlighted the need for the authorities to keep the Internet on as it is an enabler of other rights, including freedom of expression and access to information.
The MFWA’s correspondent in Nigeria reported that the journalists were caught in a crossfire after a gunfight broke out between suspected rival groups of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at some point during the APC rally.
The International Press Centre has condemned the raid and forced closure of Daily Trust Newspaper’s head office in Abuja by the Nigerian military.
Nigerian military personnel arrested and detained journalist Friday Olokor while he was covering the peace enforcement operations in Jos in the Plateau State.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has awarded 10 million Naira (about US$27,500) in damages to Jones Abiri, describing the journalist’s two-year detention without trial as an “outright conviction.”
For almost two years family, friends and colleagues were unaware of the whereabouts of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri. It was suspected that he was being detained but no one knew for certain. On August 15 he was finally released on bail after two years in arbitrary detention on charges of terrorism.
MRA calls for the immediate and unconditional release of journalist Samuel Ogundipe who is being detained for refusing to disclose the source of his information for a news report.
While covering the anniversary celebration of Biafra separatist groups, correspondent Emeka Ihiegbulem was attacked by a group of men from various security agencies.
During his detention by the Department of State Services – Nigeria’s secret police agency – journalist Tony Ezimakor was constantly asked to reveal the source of his story regarding ransom payments made to secure the release of school girls held hostage by Boko Haram.
Media Rights Agenda is calling on Nigerian President Buhari to promptly sign the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill once it is passed by the National Asssembly.
Daniel Elombah, the Nigerian publisher of London-based news portal elombah.com, has been released from detention. His brother, editor Tim Elombah, remains in police custody.