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Nigeria slides in 2019 press freedom ranking-Report

•'An Intense Climate of Fear Has Been Triggered.' Press Freedom a Rising Concern in 2019, latest report says. Jude Johnson and Hillary Leung The press freedom in Nigeria has worsened over the previous year, according to data published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Thursday. Nigeria was ranked one step lower at 120

N5B Libel Suit: DSS report on Magu inadmissible, court tells The Sun

Jude Johnson An Ikeja High Court on Thursday, April 18 rendered a copy of the Department of State Security (DSS) report to the Nigerian Senate on Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) inadmissible. It was garnered that Justice Doris Okuwobi in a ruling during

‘Fake news’ fuelling ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria – Experts

Misinformation risks worsening ethnic and religious tensions in Nigeria, media commentators and researchers say, at a time of heightened concern about internal security and fragile community relations. The months and weeks running up to recent elections saw a slew of false claims about politicians and their parties, as part of deliberate

Twitter reacts as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down globally

Jude Johnson The three social media platforms controlled by Facebook Inc. -Instagram, WhatsApp ­and Facebook (including Facebook Messenger) – have been down globally since Sunday morning. A site that monitors downtime of websites,, indicates that Facebook and other social networks it controls were down since 6:30 a.m in many parts

PR gift not unethical– Expert

Jude Johnson A Public Relations (PR) expert has debunked the notion that any kind of gift is unethical and tend to corrupt the communication industry. Speaking at a Media Workshop on Legal and Ethical Issues in Investigative Journalism in Nigeria, Yushau Shuaib, a seasoned PR Practitioner said that not all favours

GoTV scuttles DSO, targets NBC, Moddibo: Major anti-graft agency fingered

Disu White The travails of the embattled Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo Kawu have been attributed to relentless efforts to force the Commission to rescind its decision to stop renewal of the broadcast licenses of GoTV on different terms from the past years, as part of the

UNICEF’s U-Report mobile platform hits three million responders in Nigeria

   Godsgift Onyedinefu   The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it's unique social media platform, U-Report on Tuesday morning surpassed three million registered responders in Nigeria.   The UNICEF noted that More than two out of five U- Reporters worldwide are in Nigeria. The UNICEF in a statement explained that the U-Report uses

Weekend Wrap: Food aid scandals, airstrike deaths, and an ‘unspeakable attack’ in Mali

This is a weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe by The New Humanitarian On our radar Uganda tests WFP food samples after deaths The World Food Programme and Uganda are awaiting tests to determine what caused more than 260 people to become sick after eating a

GlobalWrap: Nigerian militancy, refugee winters, and a drone in Yemen–Reports

Editor's note: The IRIN editors in this weekly wrap up, give their weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. On our radar Militant attacks spike in Nigeria More than 30,000 people have fled fighting in northeastern Nigeria's Borno State, most from Baga on the shores of Lake Chad, as attacks

Daily Truts Invasion: Nigerian Army yet to release Editor 24 hours after

Sani Tukur The Nigerian Army has yet to release the Daily Trust’s regional editor, Mr. Othman Abubakar, over 24 hours after he was arrested in Maiduguri by armed soldiers. Abubakar was arrested alongside the newspaper’s reporter, Mr. Ibrahim Suwab. Armed soldiers stormed multiple offices of Daily Trust in Maiduguri, Kaduna, Lagos and the