MRA Sues National Broadcasting Commission, Challenges its Power to Regulate Social Media Platforms

The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging the legal authority of the broadcast regulatory body, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to regulate and license social media platforms in Nigeria or to determine whether a broadcasting station is patriotic or not. The suit in which MRA is being represented by…

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WPFD: AMDF Reaffirms Committment To Press Freedom

Every year, May 3rd is set aside as a day to call to mind the principles of journalism and the many challenges confronting the media in the discharge of their duties. Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) empathizes with the struggles of African journalists who are constantly on the frontline, showing courage and resilience despite the many challenges. The year…

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Analysis: NBC Fine On Arise, AIT And Channels TV Is Illegal – By Festus Ogun

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV N3 million each over their “unprofessional coverage” of the historical EndSARS protests and the unfortunate carnage that followed suit. The announcement was made in Abuja by the Acting Director-General of NBC, Prof Armstrong Idachaba who said the reportage of the protests by the stations was capable…

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Nigerian Authorities Must make Journalists Safety Top Priority in October Elections-AMDF

Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) is saddened by the attack on Premium Times reporter Samson Adenekan and GeeTV cameraman Offel Nathaniel while covering governorship election in Edo state Nigeria. A group of unidentified men numbered 50 reportedly attacked the journalists who had separately  filmed them attempting to bribe people to vote for their candidate during the just concluded elections…

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Nigerian Authorities Should Drop All Charges Against Sports Journalist-Kufre Carter

Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF­) is calling on the Nigerian authorities to drop charges against sports journalist-Kufre Carter. Kufre Carter who works with XL 109.6FM in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state was on April 27 2020 arrested by personnel of the State Services a day after he responded to summons on charges of conspiracy and defamation. The…

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How journalists can detect electronic surveillance

Jorge Luis Sierra | Journalists who work in authoritarian environments tend to be under electronic surveillance. Sometimes the surveillance is being conducted at a mass scale, rather than directed at a specific target, and is intended to track what journalists in general are doing and what stories they are investigating. Other times, it is targeted surveillance — electronic espionage…

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Press Freedom: AMDF condemns attack on Kaduna Female Journalist

Reports reaching Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) shows that a female radio reporter, Halima Aliyu Kofar Doka was on Saturday 12th August, 2017 assaulted while carrying out her duty as a journalist in Zaria, Kaduna North west Nigeria. Halima is a Zaria Based radio reporter with DITV Alheri Radio, and the host of a women’s programme “Muryar Mata”. Halima…

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UN HRC: Resolution on Safety of Journalists Breaks New Ground

A statement by Article 19 The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has adopted a ground-breaking resolution on the safety of journalists, setting out its most comprehensive agenda yet for states to end impunity for attacks. For the first time, the UN’s highest human rights body urges all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists, reform laws that are abused to…

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AMDF Identifies With KUJ, Condemns Killing Of Photojournalist In Kenya

Kaduna (Nigeria): Report reaching Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) says a freelance photojournalist in Kitale Kenya was on 7th September 2016, shot dead by three gunmen. According to Kenya Daily News, the photojournalist, Dennis Ochieng, 25, is suspected to have been killed over some photographs he had taken of a suspect on the police radar, even as the assailants…

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Obtain Permission Before You Enter Sambisa, Nigerian Military Tells Journalists

Kaduna (Nigeria) — Nigerian military has warned journalists against visiting and covering activities in Boko Haram region without military authorisation, saying taking such steps are dangerous. A statement by Defence Headquarters spokesman, Rabe Abubakar says, the “practice is not only capable of jeopardizing the success of the on-going military operations in the area, but also poses great concern to…

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