NBC directive to broadcast stations over Twitter, unlawful – SERAP

The Federal Government suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria for alleged usage of the network for “activities that are capable of damaging Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) demand to all broadcast stations in the country to immediately halt Twitter patronage “patently unlawful and unconstitutional.”

According to NBC, the decision came after the Federal Government suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria for alleged usage of the network for “activities that are capable of damaging Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

However, SERAP, in a statement on Monday, by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, stated:

“This directive by the NBC is itself unlawful because it is based on another unlawful decision by the Federal Government to suspend Twitter in Nigeria. NBC’s directive has political interference written all over it. It is a blow to Nigerians’ rights to freedom of expression, media freedom, media independence, and diversity. The directive must be immediately withdrawn.”