Twitter Suspension Unlawful, Plan To Gag Media – Amnesty International

Amnesty International
  • Twitter had deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, and this prompted the government to announce a ban

Amnesty International has asked the Federal Government to reverse its decision to suspend the operations of the social media platform, Twitter, in Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Twitter, Amnesty International also urged the Federal Government to suspend plans to gag the media.

The tweet thread reads:

“Amnesty International condemns the Nigerian government’s suspension of Twitter @Twitter in #Nigeria — a social media widely used by Nigerians to exercise their human rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and access to information.

Read also: If Buhari Has A Problem With Twitter, He Should Sort It Out – Soyinka

Twitter

“We call on the #Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress the civic space, and undermine Nigerians’ human rights.

“This action is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations including under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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