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Nigeria’s communications regulator sued over warrantless access to ‘call data’

February 26, 2020 6:17 PM ET

Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative, a Nigerian nongovernmental organization, filed a lawsuit on February 25 against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over regulations granting warrantless access to telecom subscribers’ information, including “call data." The suit claims that accessing the information “violates and will likely further violate” Nigerians’ constitutional right...

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How Nigeria’s police used telecom surveillance to lure and arrest journalists

February 13, 2020 12:24 PM ET

As reporters for Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper, Samuel Ogundipe and Azeezat Adedigba told CPJ they spoke often over the phone. They had no idea that their regular conversations about work and their personal lives were creating a record of their friendship....

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Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expression

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

The ongoing detentions of Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo and Ethiopian editor Fekadu Mahtemework--the only journalists behind bars for their work in their countries, according to CPJ’s latest prison census--don’t tell the whole story of their governments’ crackdowns on freedom of expression....

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Nigerian military targeted journalists’ phones, computers with “forensic search” for sources

October 22, 2019 9:21 AM ET

Hamza Idris, an editor with the Nigerian Daily Trust, was at the newspaper’s central office on January 6 when the military arrived looking for him. Soldiers with AK47s walked between the newsroom desks repeating his name, he told CPJ. It was the second raid on the paper that day;...

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'You cannot muzzle the media': Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari

April 15, 2019 11:59 AM ET

When Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president--who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985--and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo,...

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CPJ joins call for Nigeria to ensure internet and social media services remain connected during elections

February 14, 2019 5:23 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 15 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for Nigerian authorities to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during upcoming elections, and safeguard internet speeds of websites and messaging applications. In early February, Nigeria's federal government denied...

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How Nigeria's cybercrime law is being used to try to muzzle the press

September 21, 2016 12:35 PM ET

Since Nigeria's cybercrime act was voted into law in May 2015 authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against at least five bloggers who criticized politicians and businessmen online and through social media....

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CPJ joins call for Nigeria to drop anti-social media legislation

December 16, 2015 2:24 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists alongside 19 Nigerian, African and international organisations today signed an open letter addressed to the upper chamber of Nigeria's parliament calling for the rejection of a bill which would undermine press freedom, stifle public opinion, and criminalize freedom of expression in Nigeria....

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In election year, Nigeria's press feeling the pressure

March 24, 2015 1:13 PM ET

"Nobody is safe. Not the voter, not the journalist, not anybody!" The fears of Femi Adesina, president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, is echoed by stakeholders and observers of Nigeria's general election. Amid the tension in the run up to presidential and federal parliamentary elections on March 28,...

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Nigeria regulator gives broadcasters 48-hour directive

August 12, 2014 1:33 PM ET

Requirements from Nigeria's broadcast regulator that radio and television stations nationwide should give notice of any live transmission of political programs has angered some journalists and raised questions about implementation....

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