In a statement issued in Lagos, MRA’s Communication Officer, Idowu Adewale, said the new platform “offers a faster, easy to navigate, user-friendly experience as well as search engine optimization, which also enhances the visibility, and therefore, accessibility of the website to internet users in search of information online that is relevant to our work.”
They described the ban as an unjustifiable violation of the rights of all Nigerians to freedom of expression and access to information, and a contravention of the relevant instruments of both bodies.
Such a commitment, the MRA noted, would signal the government’s genuine belief in the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day: “Information as a Public Good.”
Jaafar has come under threat from Kano State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Ganduje since the journalist published video clips of the governor in October 2018, showing him allegedly collecting bundles of dollars in bribe from a contractor.
They also urged government to live up to its international treaty obligation to guarantee the safety of journalists and other media practitioners, by preventing attacks on them whenever possible and ensuring that all attacks on journalists and other media workers are investigated and perpetrators of the attack are prosecuted and punished.
The MRA made the demand in a statement in Lagos by its Project Director, Segun Fatuase, on Monday.
The MRA in a statement on Monday accused the Government of incrementally damaging Nigeria’s human rights record just to satisfy political egos.
This was contained in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by the MRA’s Programme Director, Ayode Longe.
The MRA in a statement on Tuesday called on the Nigerian Police to thoroughly investigate the alleged threat to the life of the journalist.
Media Rights Agenda has condemned the military invasion, occupation and takeover of the Abuja and Maiduguri offices of Daily Trust newspaper and called on the Federal Government to take punitive action against the perpetrators in order to end the cycle of abuse of power by military officers.