The lawsuit filed with the ECOWAS Court in Abuja calls for an interim sanction to prevent the government from enforcing the suspension.
Dozens of Nigerians և local human rights organization file lawsuit in district court demanding release of convicts government ban on TwitterDescribing the decision to suspend the hugely popular social media platform as an attempt to silence criticism of the government.
Authorities announced the ban on Friday, after Twitter removed a post from President Mohammed Buhari threatening to punish regional separatists.
He suggested the government’s move immediate response Among social media users և human rights activists #NigeriaTwitterBan և # KeepitOn are trending on the platform as Nigerians use virtual private networks to access the site. The government has announced that those who will continue to use Twitter will be was persecuted,
On Tuesday, the Socio-Economic Rights նախագ Accountability Project (SERAP), a local human rights group, 6 176 Nigerians filed a lawsuit in the West African Community Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, demanding a temporary injunction suspend the government’s ban.
“The suspension of Twitter is intended to intimidate, stop Nigerians from using Twitter to assess government policy, expose corruption, and criticize official impunity by federal government agents,” the lawsuit said.
Fracture. SERAP և 176 concerned Nigerians have appealed to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja to ban President Buhari’s government from illegally blocking Twitter in Nigeria and criminalizing other Nigerians via Twitter.
– SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) June 8, 2021
SERAP Deputy Director Kolavole Oluvadare said the ban had “negatively affected the millions of Nigerians who continue their day-to-day business on Twitter,” calling it “the ultimate proof of the Nigerian civil war” and the government’s intention to stifle dissent. »
In 2021, Nigeria is ranked 120th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom Index.
Africa’s most populous country has been touted as one of the continent’s only countries to invest in its technology ecosystem, but it recently avoided it when Twitter chose neighboring Ghana as its first African headquarters.
Paradigm Initiative Pan-African Social Enterprise, which works on digital inclusion rights, CEO Gbenga Sesan told Al Jazeera The suspension of Twitter sent a false signal to foreign investors, adding that in Nigeria, small businesses using Twitter as a source of livelihood will be affected.
“Nigerian businesses use digital media to reach customers, identify their brands and communicate with various stakeholders. “It will definitely affect this irregular decision,” he said.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the suspension had nothing to do with deleting Buhari’s tweet, but rather “inciting violence by separatists.”
“Regulating social media does not mean stifling press freedom. “All we are talking about is the responsible use of these platforms,” Mohammed said, adding that Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube are still available.
Nigeria joined countries such as China, North Korea and Iran in launching the Twitter ban, while Uganda, Turkey and Egypt suspended the program during elections or political unrest.
The US-based company said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned” that Internet access was “an essential human right in modern society” and that it would “work to restore access to Nigeria for all those who trust Twitter to communicate”. :