Nigeria: Freedom of Expression

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 13th January 2022.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about (1) the protection of freedom of speech and the press in that country, and (2) the imprisonment of journalist Luka Binniyat on 4 November 2021.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government strongly believes that the rights of individuals and independent media to express opinions and peacefully challenge authority are essential to a free and open society, and we launched our media freedom campaign in 2018 to shine a global spotlight on media freedom. We regularly meet with the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission to discuss media freedom. Through our engagement we advocate for the protection of the rights of journalists, and we will continue to do so. We are aware of the arrest of journalist Luka Binniyat and understand his case is ongoing. Officials at the British High Commission in Abuja are closely following developments.

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