SERAP Petitions The African Rights Commission Over The Proposed Amendment Of Media Laws
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, to come up with provisional measures that could immediately stop the Nigerian government and the National Assembly from amending two bills to ‘gag’ the press through arbitrary punishment of journalists and closure of media houses.
The complaint addressed to the chairperson of the commission, Solomon Ayele Dersso, and Commissioner/Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Jamesina Essie L. King, was brought under Articles 55 and 56 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Rule 100 of the Rules of Procedure of the African Commission.
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The query, signed by SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, followed the move to “push through two repressive bills to amend the National Broadcasting Act and the Nigeria Press Council Act. The bills are reportedly sponsored by Chairman, House Committee on Information, Segun Odebunmi (PDP, Oyo State).”