Stories about Nigeria

16 August 2019

Apprehension rises over the abduction of a Nigerian government critic

Dadiyata, a fierce critic of Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje, was abducted on August 1 and nothing has been heard of him since.

9 August 2019

Nigerian activist arrested for calling for a nationwide #RevolutionNow protest movement

Omoyele Sowore was detained and charged under Nigeria's 2011 counter-terrorism law. He could face life imprisonment.

19 July 2019

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

17 July 2019

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri

Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

11 July 2019

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.

27 May 2019

Right to Information: With its new law in place, will Ghana go the way of Nigeria?

Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.

1 February 2019

With tensions rising ahead of 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians fear internet shutdown

The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.

11 January 2019

Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa’s new internet paradigm

Across the continent, the legal and economic costs of speaking up are rising.

12 October 2018

Why are African governments criminalising online speech? Because they fear its power.

The noise we make on digital platforms scares oppressive regimes. In some cases, it can even force them to rescind their actions.

18 September 2018

Three days behind bars for the ‘crime’ of journalism: Diary of a Nigerian journalist

Investigative journalist Samuel Ogundipe spent three days in detention on spurious charges and was denied access to his lawyer. Now free on bail, he is telling his story.

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