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FW: SERAP sues the FG over attacks on journalists

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news

SERAP, the Socio-economic rights and accountability project, is taking the Federal and State governments of Nigeria to court over alleged attacks on bloggers and journalists. The group, in suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/09/19 filed by its lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, argued that the government is fond of trampling on the rights of members of the media.

According to a statement issued on Sunday, March 3, by the Deputy Director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, the group is suing the government for what it describes as “the frequent and repressive application of the Cybercrime Act to harass, intimidate, arbitrarily arrest, detain, and unfairly prosecute anyone found publishing views or facts perceived to be critical of the government at the federal and state levels and government officials.”

The allegations are not far fetched considering the unlawful detainment of Journalists like Jones Abiri of the Weekly Source newspaper, and Samuel Ogundipe of Premium Times.

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