Five NGOs, four journalists sue Nigerian govt at ECOWAS Court over Twitter ban

Five NGOs, four journalists sue Nigerian govt at ECOWAS Court over Twitter ban

Five non-governmental organisations and four journalists have filed a suit against the Federal Government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja asking it to declare the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria a violation of their human rights under international law, order the government to immediately rescind the suspension order, and compensate them for the violation of their rights. Read More

Groups criticise proposed amendment to Nigeria Press Council Act as threat to media freedom

Groups criticise proposed amendment to Nigeria Press Council Act as threat to media freedom

A consortium of four media development and media freedom organisations have opposed the proposed amendment of the Nigerian Press Council Act by the National Assembly saying the measures contained in the amendment Bill seek to make the government the arbiter of truth while subjecting the entire media sector in Nigeria to the control of the Minister of Information and Culture in violation of internationally accepted norms and standards. Read More

New Threats to Press Freedom

New Threats to Press Freedom

A PRESENTATION BY GLORIA MABEIAM BALLASON ESQ AT THE 8TH DIGITAL RIGHTS AND INCLUSION FORUM (DRIF) ORGANIZED BY THE PREMIUM TIMES CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM (PTCIJ) NIGERIA  ON 21 APRIL,2021 AT REIZ CONTINENTAL HOTEL, FCT ABUJA.

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 10 of the Human Rights Act and Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria confer on humans the right to freedom of opinion, expression, the press and the right to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This is a qualified right that enables anyone to hold a free opinion and express them verbally, in writing, through television, radio or the internet. Read More

PTCIJ to launch report on press freedom in Nigeria

PTCIJ to launch report on press freedom in Nigeria

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) is set to launch a report on the state of Press Freedom in Nigeria on 12th November 2020. The report titled “State of Press Freedom – Trends and Reflections” is a critical analysis of press freedom and surrounding issues and contains contributions from fourteen (14) professionals across the media value chain. Read More

Coalition Condemns the Recent Attacks, Detention of Journalists and has Taken Legal Steps to Challenge NBC

Coalition Condemns the Recent Attacks, Detention of Journalists and has Taken Legal Steps to Challenge NBC

The Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) has condemned the recent detention of Oga Tom Uhia, publisher of Independent Steering Magazine; Tosin Ajuwon and Victor Ogungbenro, journalists with Sahara Reporters and death of Pelumi Onifade of GboahTV, and has taken legal steps to challenge the legality of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) code. Read More

World Suicide Prevention Day: the role of the media in suicide prevention

World Suicide Prevention Day: the role of the media in suicide prevention

The 10th of September is globally recognised as World Suicide Prevention Day. This day was introduced by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO). The day is intended to raise awareness and in so doing, support advocacy for suicide prevention. By dedicating an entire day to suicide prevention, the IASP and WHO aim to change the narrative around mental health, counter misconceptions and address poor understanding surrounding this highly stigmatised condition. Read More