Author Archives: ayode@mediarightsagenda.org

MRA Accuses National Human Rights Commission of ‘Self-Ridicule’ for Forcing its Staff to Subscribe to Oath of Secrecy

LAGOS, Wednesday, July 10, 2019: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today criticized the action of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in compelling its staff to subscribe to an oath of secrecy, describing the move as an egregious contradiction for an institution established to promote and defend human rights, including citizens’ right to information, and a government supposedly crusading against public ... Read More »

Lawyers Urge Supreme Court to Expedite Hearing of Appeals in FOI Cases

Lagos, Monday, March 11, 2019:  Lawyers have called on the Supreme Court to expedite the hearing of the appeals arising from freedom of information cases that are presently pending before it in order to clear up the controversy over the applicability of the Act to public institutions at the State and Local Government levels and other constitutional issues. In a ... Read More »

Media Rights Agenda Hosts Workshop for Lawyers on FOI Litigation

Lagos, Thursday, February 28, 2019:  Media Rights Agenda (MRA) will host a two-day sensitization and training workshop for lawyers from across Nigeria on March 5 and 6, 2019 to enhance their effectiveness in litigating Freedom of Information (FOI) and Freedom of Expression (FOE) cases on behalf of media organizations and journalists. It will take place in Kaduna. Announcing the workshop in ... Read More »

MRA Publishes Compilation of Rulings and Judgments in FOI Cases

Lagos, Thursday, February 14, 2019:  Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today launched a compilation of decisions of various courts in Freedom of Information (FOI) cases in Nigeria over the last seven years, saying the publication was intended to enhance the effectiveness of lawyers litigating on behalf of persons who are wrongfully denied access to information under the Freedom of Information Act, ... Read More »

Media Rights Agenda Inducts Lagos University Teaching Hospital into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

Lagos, Monday, November 26, 2018: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today inducted the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame” for undermining the right to information in Nigeria guaranteed by the FOI Act, evidenced by its non-compliance with almost all aspects of the Law over the last seven years. In a statement in Lagos announcing ... Read More »

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Inducted into MRA’s ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

Lagos, Monday, November 12, 2018: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today became the latest entrant into the Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame” as it was adjudged to have consistently breached most of its duties and obligations under the FOI Act over the last seven years. Ms. Chioma Nwaodike, Legal Officer at Media Rights Agenda (MRA), announced the induction of ... Read More »

MRA Inducts Federal Ministry of Communication Technology into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

LAGOS, Monday, November 5, 2018: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today inducted the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”, accusing the Ministry of extremely poor performance in its implementation of the Act over the last seven years. MRA’s Programme Officer, Mr. Idowu Adewale, announced the selection of the Ministry as this week’s inductee ... Read More »

MRA Inducts Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria into FOI Hall of Shame

LAGOS, Monday, October 29, 2018: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today inducted the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame”, saying the institution’s sundry violations of the provisions of the FOI Act also amount to a breach of its primary mandate to make news and information available to the public. In a statement ... Read More »

MRA Inducts PTDF into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’, Expresses Concern over Government’s Failure to Act

LAGOS, Monday, October 22, 2018: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today named the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) its 65th inductee into the “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”, saying it was extremely concerned about the pervasive culture of non-compliance with the FOI Act across government institutions with no single one of them having ever been sanctioned for violating the ... Read More »