The U.S. based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged Nigerian authorities to reverse their suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.
In a statement copied Pmnewsnigeria, the CPJ urged the National Broadcasting Commission(NBC) not to threaten to punish news outlets for using the platform, and rather allow the press to use social media networks freely.
“Nigeria’s Twitter ban and authorities’ threats to sanction media outlets that use the platform signal a flagrant disregard for the public’s right to access information, and an alarming willingness to punish journalists for their work,” said Muthoki Mumo, CPJ’s sub-Saharan Africa representative, in Nairobi.
“Nigeria should be working to position itself as a leader on digital rights and access to information, not demonstrating ways that governments can implement sweeping online censorship.”
The CPJ statement was sent to P.M.News early on Wednesday. It was signed by Angela Quintal,Africa Program Coordinator and Jonathan Rozen, Senior Africa Researcher.