Opinion

Premium Times, Anti-Press Laws and the Nigerian Constitution, By Femi Falana

It is pertinent to point out that the current trend in democratic countries is to repeal anti-press laws. For instance, in January 2010, the British Parliament abolished the offences of sedition and seditious libel, defamatory libel and obscene libel. Since we always weep more than the bereaved, we have retained…
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Columns

A Bright Future For Nigeria and How To Get There, By Owei Lakemfa

Our history since independence has shown that the old conservative ways marked by long years of military dictatorship, and a combined nineteen-year post-military administration by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and APC, cannot birth a new development-oriented country. It is the progressives' alternative, driven by ideas, that can give birth…
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Columns

The Newspaperman As Icon and Iconoclast, By Louis Odion

Olorunyomi's engagement with the Nigerian public since the 80s has relentlessly been in the crusading His odyssey traverses the media, advocacy community, academia and public service. As Pulitzer enjoined, he forever seeks to parlay each platform not to secure easy accommodation with power, but shake the system in a manner…
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Opinion

For ‘A Man of the People,’ Dapo Olorunyomi, at 60, By Chido Onumah

A journalist and administrator per excellence, Dapo has been involved in setting up and managing several successful projects. He is part of the founding team of TheNews magazine that was launched in 1993. He served as deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine and groomed a generation of Nigerian journalists, many of…
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Opinion

Illegality of the Offence of Criminal Libel, By Femi Falana

It is not unlikely that the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force realised, rather belatedly, that the offence of criminal libel could not be sustained in court under the current democratic dispensation. Hence, the publisher and editor of PREMIUM TIMES were not arraigned in court last week based on the…
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Opinion

Democracy Cannot Survive Without a Free Press, By Margee Ensign

Freedom of the press, along with free and fair elections, civil liberties and political freedom, and the rule of law and due process, is one of the four pillars of democracy anywhere. Democracies fail when any of these pillars is destroyed. Democracy cannot survive without a free press, but around…
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Opinion

Are Politicians Getting Hell From PREMIUM TIMES And Sahara Reporters?, By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

I am really surprised that state actors are obsessed with muzzling the press and gagging journalists who are exposing their malfeasance, while herdsmen and terrorists are writing news headlines in blood. After giving what is God's to Him every morning, the next thing I usually do is to pick up…
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