A LEGAL APPRAISAL OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION UNDER 1999 CONSTITUTION

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ABSTRACT
The Nigerian Independence Constitution of 1960 and subsequent amendments firmly established freedom of expression as a basic human right in the country. There are provisions in both the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions that protect fundamental human rights. For the 1979 and 1999 constitutions, a bill of rights was added. In order to create a society that safeguards political freedom as well as the social and economic well-being of Nigerians, we enshrined human rights provisions in our constitutions. Despite the fact that Nigeria’s constitution guarantees fundamental rights and liberties since 1960, the country has been plagued by military interruptions in its democracy. Thus, it had a significant impact on Nigerians’ ability to advocate for and defend democratic norms like freedom of speech. Nigeria’s legislative framework for freedom of expression is examined in this study since the idea of freedom of expression can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Freedom of expression is derived from a suitable conceptual framework of human rights, and this book provides insight into the origins of the right of expression in modern law.

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