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United States Army soldiers can no longer use TikTok on government-owned phones following a decision to ban the app.

Donald Trump to ban Chinese-owned TikTok from US

President Donald Trump said Friday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.
The Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alhaji Adedayo Thomas has commended the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for setting up the COVID 19 Creative Industry Committee.

NFVCB boss lauds minister on creative industry coronavirus committee, begins virtual censorship

The Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, has commended the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for setting up the COVID 19 Creative Industry Committee.

RSF: Press freedom in Russia, Iran under attack from ‘digital predators’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has included pro-Kremlin social-media users, Russia's communications regulator, and an Iranian state body tackling cybercrime on its list of press freedom’s 20 “worst digital predators” that it says represent a “clear danger for freedom of opinion and expression.”
Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes on Tuesday launched their own investigation and released an anti-racism video after FC Porto striker Moussa Marega was subjected to racist insults at their stadium.

Moussa Marega: Vitoria Guimaraes release statement on racist abuse

Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes on Tuesday launched their own investigation and released an anti-racism video after FC Porto striker Moussa Marega was subjected to racist insults at their stadium.

Amnesty: CSO condemns ‘government-sponsored protest’

A civil rights movement, Concerned Nigerians Group, CNG, Wednesday, condemned alleged government-sponsored protest at the office of Amnesty International, AI.
Turkey’s highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government’s two-year ban on the online encyclopedia constitutes a violation of freedom of expression, the state-run news agency reported.

Court rules Turkey violated rights by blocking Wikipedia

Turkey’s highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government’s two-year ban on the online encyclopedia constitutes a violation of freedom of expression, the state-run news agency reported.
Gay Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo says he will learn to live with those who reject him. iStock

Thousands call for same sex marriage in China

Legalising same-sex marriage was among the top suggestions made by the Chinese public to lawmakers tasked with amending the civil code, a spokesperson for the top legislative body said.

NFVCB destroys pornographic, pirated movies

Confiscated movies and other unclassified products worth between N500 and N600 million have been destroyed by the National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB).
Roberto Quiroz

Media censorship shouldn’t be an option in democracy – US diplomat

A United States diplomat, Mr Roberto Quiroz, has said that censorship of the media should never be an option in any democratic dispensation.
Apple has removed HKmap.live, a crowdsourced mapping app widely used by Hong Kong residents, from the App Store. The app and accompanying web service has been used to mark the locations of police and inform about street closures during the ongoing pro-democracy protests that have engulfed Hong Kong this year.

Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning

Apple on Thursday removed an app criticised by China for allowing protesters in Hong Kong to track police, as Beijing steps up pressure on foreign companies deemed to be providing support to the pro-democracy movement.
Gracious David West at Rivers State Police Command before he was paraded at the Police

Serial killings: Port Harcourt sex workers device means of detecting criminals

Commercial sex workers, known in local parlance as runs girls, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, have devised a new method of operation to satisfy the high propensity of libido in men of easy virtue even as the fear of the ongoing serial killings of young ladies in hotels in some parts of the state, continue to dominate every discourse.
Youtube TV

Google disables YouTube channels for Hong Kong ‘influence operation’

Google said it disabled 210 channels from its platform YouTube which uploaded content related to the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in an apparent coordinated influence operation.
Opeyemi Bamidele

Why Senate didn’t delay ministerial screenings – Senator Bamidele

The senator representing Ekiti Central, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has explained the reason behind the Senate’s speedy response to the ongoing screening of ministerial nominees, saying it isn’t a compromise of the exercise as is being claimed by some Nigerians.

Nollywood producers, distributors advised to shun films that debase societal values

Industry stakeholders have called on producers and distributors in the Nigerian movie industry to eschew films and video works that erode values that define the African people.

Facebook’s call for global internet regulation sparks debate

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s call for “globally harmonized” online regulation raises questions about how internet platforms can deal with concerns about misinformation and abusive content while remaining open to free speech.

Dozen journalists arrested at Algiers censorship protest

Algerian police arrested Thursday a dozen journalists protesting “censorship” of coverage of demonstrations against a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as the prime minister compared the rallies to those that sparked Syria’s war.
New legislation regulating print and online media alarmed press freedom advocates, who fear it will grant authorities censorship tools [K.M.Chaudary-AP]

Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military leaders and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo: No sensitive politician can ignore entertainers

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reassured stakeholders in the entertainment industry of the Federal Government’s commitment to support them to enhance national growth and development.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Jigawa: Police record low crime rate in six months

The Police Command in Jigawa on Tuesday attributed the successes recorded in the low crime rate in six months to crime preventive strategies adopted and efficient service delivery.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the Emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari, VP Osinbajo, service chiefs, others meet over insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with Nigeria’s security chiefs as the security situation worsens across the country.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wears a protective mask after a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota-Pool via REUTERS

Japanese premier pledges swift aid to areas affected by torrential rains – reports

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to swiftly implement an aid package for the country’s areas hit the hardest by the recent landslides and floods driven by torrential rains.
Scientists around the world are building up their knowledge about the coronavirus, as they frantically search for a cure and vaccine.

White House, U.S. Congress Democrats to continue effort on coronavirus aid

Top White House officials and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress will try again on Tuesday to narrow gaping differences over a fifth major Coronavirus-aid bill to help stimulate the economy and possibly dispatch new aid to the unemployed.
Governor-elect of Kwara, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has pledged that his administration will be accountable to the people and will not steal or loot the state’s treasury.

Kwara probes N300 million controversial local councils funds

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, on Monday, constituted an 8-man probe panel to investigate the Federal government allocations accruing to the 16 local government councils in the State.