Stories about Nigeria

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.

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.

16 March 2016

Netizen Report: Uganda and Nigeria Seek Stricter Controls for Social Media

Thuggery runs rampant in the MENA region, Chile bans spy balloons and Google gears up to expand implementation of the "Right to Be Forgotten."

14 December 2015

Nigerian Lawmakers May Criminalize ‘Abusive’ and Anti-Government Messages Online

Nigeria's social media landscape is poised for dramatic changes, if lawmakers get their way with a new bill that would make it possible to sentence Internet bullies to prison time.

4 May 2015

“We Cannot Trample Upon the Humanity of Others Without Devaluing Our Own”

The Zone9 bloggers' crime was that they dared to live out "Ubuntu". They promoted their community above individualistic concerns.

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