Civil Society Groups working on freedom of speech and expression as well as human and digital rights will be holding a press conference to commemorate the 100-day ban of Twitter in Nigeria.
The indefinite suspension of Twitter by the Federal Government, which has been described as an action that undermines Nigeria’s corporate existence, has caused Nigeria to lose about $360 million in the past 100 days.
Different Groups, both locally and internationally, have condemned the act, describing it as a gross violation of human rights and the right to expression.
During this period, Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), Paradigm Initiative (PIN) & Media Rights Agenda (MRA) have filed a lawsuit against MTN, Airtel, Globacom, and 9Mobile for the court to declare the blockage of Twitter access as unlawful, unconstitutional and against the rights to freedom of expression.
Blessing Oladunjoye of BONews Service alongside 3 journalists and 5 other NGOs have also filed a suit against the Federal Government at the ECOWAS Community Court, saying the ban violated their right to freedom of expression and interfered with the ability of the journalists to do their work.
The organizations convening the 100-day commemoration are; Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), Paradigm Initiative (PIN), Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP).
The event which is scheduled to hold on September 13 at Civic Hive, Yaba, will feature representatives from the organizations sharing actions that were taken against the federal government, the state of affairs, and the way forward amidst the Twitter ban.
Since June 4th, 2021, Nigeria has not been the same as the effect of the Twitter ban touches all aspects of social and economic growth.
Nigeria has lost at least $360 million in the past 100 days since the Twitter ban.