Twitter Ban: Restricting Social Media Has No Place In A Democracy – Blinken Tells Buhari

 

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has told the Nigerian President, Muhammedu Buhari, that restricting the use of social media has no place in a democracy.

This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday, June 10 and was signed by Blinken’s spokesman, Ned Price.

In the statement titled, ‘Nigeria’s Twitter Suspension’, Blinken condemned the suspension of Twitter by the federal government.

The statement read, “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter. The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.

“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity. As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”