Stories about Nigeria

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.

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.

12 May 2014

Join the #FreeZone9Bloggers Tweetathon on May 14

Join Global Voices bloggers for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia.

12 April 2014

#FreeCiaxon: Detained Nigerian Twitter User Released

Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi was detained shortly after he posted a series of photos and eyewitness reports on an escape attempt by several members of the northern Nigeria-based Boko Haram.

10 April 2014

#FreeCiaxon: Nigerian Netizen Missing After Reporting on Deadly Clashes

@Ciaxon was allegedly detained after tweeting his eyewitness account of a shootout between Boko Haram terrorism suspects and state security that left 20 dead.

11 December 2013

Nigeria: Gagging Critics or Fighting Cyber Crime?

Nigerian lawmakers are considering multiple bills of law that aim to target online fraud and financial crime, but could undercut key civil liberties along the way.

12 July 2013

Nigerian Government to Ramp Up Internet Surveillance?

In April, Nigerian news site Premium Times revealed government plans to purchase equipment that would allow it to conduct online surveillance on an unprecedented scale. The government reportedly had contracted...

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