Press Freedom and Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act of 2015: An Assessment
Raymond Adibe (),
Cyril Chinedu Ike () and
Celestine Uchechukwu Udeogu ()
Africa Spectrum, 2017, vol. 52, issue 2, 117-127
This study assesses the Cybercrime Act 2015 and its implications for online press freedom in the liberal authoritarian state of Nigeria. Specifically, the study examines how the character of political leadership in Nigeria leads to wrongful application of the act to undermine the independence of the press. The study shows that Nigeria’s online press freedom index has consistently worsened since the introduction of the Cybercrime Act in 2015, and it recommends the promotion of a holistic democratic project that recognises economic and political freedom as being inextricably linked.
Keywords: political systems; mass media; Internet; journalists; rule of law; communication and media control; freedom of the press; media law (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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