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22 Oct
In the backdrop of concerns on the outright ban and state-sponsored surveillance of digital platforms and telecommunications service providers in Africa, Paradigm Initiative’s short film, FOCUS tells a story of civil rights, liberty and justice in the digital ecosystem. Directed by Award-winning Creative Director and Nigerian Poet, Tolu Ajayi, Focus spotlights the fundamental challenges of…
20 Oct
PARADIGM Initiative (PIN), a pan-African social enterprise working to advance digital rights and inclusion in Africa, will on Wednesday, October 20, release its second and latest short film entitled Focus to the public on the YouTube platform where it can be accessed for free. Focus was directed by Tolulope Ajayi, and produced by Up In…
22 Jun 2021
Nigeria’s recent clampdown on Twitter operations is causing concerns over the country’s commitment to the protection of human rights offline and online. These concerns on Nigeria’s quest to regulate Twitter and other social media platforms are hinged on citizens’ rights to freedom of expression as guaranteed in section 39 of the Nigerian constitution. Twitter’s deletion…
21 Jun 2021
Five non-governmental organizations and four journalists have filed a suit against the Federal Government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja asking it to declare the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria a violation of their human rights under international law, order the Government to immediately rescind the suspension order, and compensate them…
1 Feb 2021
When Peoples Gazette, an online Nigerian news outlet, published a story last October detailing how the son of President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari, now allegedly leads the strongest power bloc in Nigeria's presidency, its publishers never thought it would warrant an intense witch-hunt. Samuel Ogundipe, who founded the news outlet after leaving…
24 Dec 2020
In the wake of the recent actions of nation state actors and associated groups in many African countries to subvert civil and digital rights of their citizens, Paradigm Initiative...
17 Dec 2020
In a move to continue to protect citizens right in the digital space, Paradigm Initiative has launched a new digital tool kit - Ayeta - that provides information and resources that prepare civil society actors for when their work puts them in harm’s way. Ayeta is a Yoruba word for bulletproof. The digital tool kit…
15 Dec 2020
Before quitting his job as a teacher in a primary school in Ajegunle, a sprawling low-income community in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, 17-year-old Oritsemisan Enemigin used to wonder about what he could do next to prepare him for the life ahead. The teaching job was a stop-gap measure to keep busy before he could get…
30 Sep 2020
In August, the Nigerian Government announced the increase of fines for hate speech by media houses from N500,000 to N5 million. The announcement was made by the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the unveiling ceremony of the revised National Broadcasting Code by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Lagos. The code…
2 Jul 2020
When the first news of novel coronavirus COVID-19 broke in Wuhan China, it was not expected to spread across borders and lead to weeks of lockdown in over 180 countries across the globe. As of June 29, the virus has infected more than 10 million and killed at least 502,000 across the globe. Nigeria’s President…
19 Feb 2020
Folasewa Olatunde, a second-year doctoral student at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, has been selected as the pioneer fellow for the newly introduced Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) at Paradigm Initiative. "We are pleased to announce the selection of Folasewa Olatunde, and we're also excited about the quality of applications the fellowship,…
15 Jan 2020
Paradigm Initiative has disclosed plans to launch a public complain platform for cases of violation of human rights on the internet across Nigeria. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Paradigm Initiative executive director Gbenga Sesan said cases of human rights violation on the internet were rising at an alarming rate and need to be…

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