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Censorship
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Nigeria is an African country which practices Christianity and Islam.

General censorship[]

Book censorship[]

Film censorship[]

In June 1994, the National Film and Video Censors Board replaced the NAN as the official schedule agency of the government. It is responsible for licensing film makers and reviewing their works accordingly to the following criteria: educational and entertainment value; national security sensitivity; avoidance of blasphemy, obscenity, and criminality; avoidance of provoking religious and racial confrontation; abstention from violence and corruption; and abstention from disrespecting African personalities.

  • I Hate My Village - this Nigerian film was banned for its depiction of cannibalism.
  • Omo Empire, Outkast, Outkast 2, Shattered Home, Virgins Night Out are banned for damaging “every known decent and noble tendency of the African psyche and culture,” by portraying obscene acts among young women in certain cuts of the film.
  • Issakaba 4 - this movie about has been banned due to its depiction of youth vigilantes.
  • District 9 - this film was banned for its unflattering depictions of Nigerian scammers and gangsters, with the boss of the gangsters being named "Obasanjo" (which was also the surname of the then-President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo).

TV censorship[]

Although the government censors the electronic media through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), which is responsible for monitoring and regulating broadcast media, there's no established proof towards Government's control of the media. The law requires local television stations to limit programming from other countries to 40 percent and restricts foreign content of satellite broadcasting to 20 percent. The NBC's 2004 prohibition of live broadcasts of foreign news and programs remains in force, but does not apply to international cable or satellite services.


Internet censorship[]

  • In 2012, several Internet news sites critical of the government experienced server problems, which site owners attributed to government interference. Such disruptions usually lasted a few hours.
  • In 5 June 2021, Twitter was banned in Nigeria after the site deleted posts by and suspended the account of President Muhammadu Buhari for violating its abuse policy and for threatening the separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra which had invoked the Nigerian Civil War as a theme. Buhari criticised the actions for infringing his freedom of speech. The use of Twitter was made a prosecutable offence since then.

Others[]

  • Radio stations are still subject to attacks by political groups. For example, in January 2012 some media figures alleged the NBC warned radio stations not to broadcast stories about fuel subsidy protests.
  • The Voice of America is not allowed to broadcast programs through local affiliate stations.
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