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U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken on Nigerian Twitter Ban “Respect your citizen’s rights”

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, spoke out against Buhari decision to suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria

In a statement released on June 10 by his media aide, Ned Price, Blinken said that the restriction of social media use has no place in a democracy.

The Statement reads

“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.”