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#Internet Freedom is the New Press Freedom: An African Perspective By Babatunde Okunoye & ‘Boye Adegoke

With the recent Internet shutdown in Togo adding to the growing list of Internet shutdowns in Africa, with at least 11 in 2016 and 7 this year already, it is easy to see how Internet shutdowns have dominated discussions on digital rights in Africa. In 2017, Internet shutdowns and disruptions have occurred in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Morocco, South Sudan ...

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Right to privacy? #Nigeria needs a Data Protection Law

“The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.” – Section 37 of the Nigerian constitution. Nigeria’s constitutional promise of data protection is far from being fulfilled. This is especially true for transactions involving the transfer of personal data from individuals to governments and businesses. Despite the increasingly important role that data ...

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Why Is the Akwa Ibom Government Jamming Internet Signals during Football Matches?

On October 7, 2017, thousands of Nigerians and football lovers of all hues thronged the Uyo stadium in Akwa-Ibom state to watch the anticipated World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia. For the thousands of Nigerians who did make it to the Stadium, their euphoria was unlimited as they watched their beloved Super Eagles become the first team in Africa ...

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Expert Urges National Assembly to Pass the Digital Rights Bill

A digital rights advocate, ‘Boye Adegoke has called on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill that has been before the House of Representatives since 2016. The bill has been moving clawing its way through legislative process since then and is now up for third reading. Mr Adegoke, the program manager at Paradigm Initiative, ...

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[Video] WaterAid Nigeria calls for action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in schools and healthcare facilities this Global Handwashing Day  

WaterAid Nigeria has today renewed its call for improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene in schools as well as healthcare facilities in the country. One in three schools around the world do not have regular access to water, basic private toilets, or a way to wash hands with soap and an estimated 443 million school days are lost every year ...

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Justice at last! ECOWAS Court rules in favour of Dorothy Njemanze & 3 Others Vs. Federal Republic of Nigeria!

In the case of Dorothy Njemanze & 3 Others v. Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court suit ECW/CJ/APP/17/14, judgment was delivered in favour of the plaintiffs today 12 October 2017. Apart from 1 of the Plaintiffs whose claim was statute-barred. All the other reliefs applied for were granted. And 6 million naira (each to the plaintiffs as compensation. I have attached ...

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‘More than 20,000 girls married illegally every day’ – Save the Children International

Globally, more than 20,000 girls are married every day below the minimum age permitted by national law, according to new research from Save the Children and the World Bank marking the International Day of the Girl. In all, about 7.5 million girls are married illegally every year. In addition, close to 100 million girls are not protected against child marriage ...

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How Cameroonians created Internet refugee camps in Cameroon to survive internet shutdown!

By Sodiq Alabi The 2017 Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa held in Johannesburg between September 27 and 29. According to the organisers, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), FIFAfrica is an annual assembly of discussions towards promoting a Free and Open Internet in Africa. I attended ...

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Digital Rights Advocacy Organisation Condemns Internet Shutdown in Cameroon!

A digital rights advocacy organisation, Paradigm Initiative has condemned the ongoing internet shutdown in Cameroon, which began on September 30, 2017. There are confirmed reports of a total blackout in the Anglophone regions of the country, while the Francophone regions are experiencing social media blockage. The new internet shutdown is directly connected to the agitation in the Anglophone regions for ...

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CSOs Head to Court Over NGO Bill!

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations is now in court to challenge the NGO Bill currently before the National Assembly. The coalition consists of Paradigm Initiative, Enough is Enough, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, Media Rights Agenda and Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative. The coalition, in a motion filed on Wednesday before the Federal High Court holden in Abuja, is ...

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