Lanre Idowu/CPJ Guest Blogger

Nigerian journalist Lanre Idowu publishes Media Review, a monthly journal of the media, and has a weekly column, "Media and Society," in NEXT.

President Goodluck Jonathan signed a public information bill long in the making. (AP/Bebeto Matthews)

Nigeria’s new FOI law brings celebration, challenges

There is a deserved celebration in the Nigerian media over the recently passed Freedom of Information Act, which provides citizens with broad access to public records and information held by a public official or institution.  It is the climax of an 11-year struggle to pass such a law in the Nigerian parliament. Indeed, the call…

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