Stories about Nigeria

Nigeria's social media bill will obliterate online freedom of expression

The proposed social media bill will annihilate online freedom of expression, criminalize criticism of the government and legalize internet shutdowns in Nigeria.

Twitter was a minefield of false information during the 2019 Nigerian elections

Twitter became a battle ground of ethnocentric disinformation and political propaganda before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the 2019 elections in Nigeria.

Social media propelled ethnocentric disinformation and propaganda during the Nigerian elections

The 2019 Nigerian elections witnessed unprecedented dissemination of ethnic hate speech at the service of disinformation and propaganda online, particularly on Twitter.

Nigerian journalist under threat of arrest for exposé of police and prison corruption

The intimidation of journalist 'Fisayo Soyombo exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in jail on trumped-up charges of treason and insulting the president

Rights groups see Omoyele Sowore's continued detention and the charges filed against him as merely a criminalisation of political dissent in Nigeria. 

Nigerian journalist charged with treason after criticizing governor for corruption

For exposing government corruption, Nigerian journalist Agba Jalingo has been charged with treason, terrorism, cultism and public disturbance.

Human rights advocates petition the UN and AU over the detention of Nigerian protest leader

"The unfounded charge of terrorism that was subsequently laid against him was clearly only created to serve the purpose of silencing Sowore."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nigerian students face cybercrime charges for criticising their university online

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

“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.

Digital Rights news from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up for weekly global internet censorship news!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

No thanks, show me the site