Opinion

Building A Coalition For Media Freedom, By Jeremy Hunt

...we must promote a free media not solely for practical reasons but because it’s what we stand for. Democracy and freedom of expression mean nothing unless independent journalists are able to scrutinise the powerful – and discover the stubborn facts – however inconvenient this might sometimes be for the politicians…
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Opinion

Law Enforcement and Silencing the Nigerian Media, By Aisha Hashim

...a free press plays a crucial watchdog role that needs to be protected in society. Only a free press can ensure the people’s access to the information necessary in building a well-informed, transparent and accountable society. The press, on its part, is generally cautioned to desist from situations capable 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

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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Columns

Challenge of Media Independence in Nigeria, By Jennifer G. Cooke

Why the Premium Times model is important Attacks on press freedoms have been mounting in a number of countries across Africa, as broadly written legislation on media, security, and terrorism are used by repressive governments to silence dissent and criticism of the state. Journalists from Angola to Rwanda, Gambia to…
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