Section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution
Section 39 of the constitution of Nigeria is about Right to freedom of expression and the press. It is under Chapter IV (Fundamental Rights) of the constitution. Section 39 has three subsections.
- (1) Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to
receive and impart ideas and information without interference.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, every person shall be
entitled to own, establish and operate any medium for the dissemination of information, ideas and
Provided that no person, other than the Government of the Federation or of a State or any other
person or body authorised by the President on the fulfilment of conditions laid down by an Act of
the National Assembly, shall own, establish or operate a television or wireless broadcasting station
for, any purpose whatsoever.
(3) Nothing in this section shall invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic
(a) for the purpose of preventing the disclosure. of information received in
confidence, maintaining the authority and independence of courts or regulating
telephony, wireless broadcasting, television or the exhibition of cinematograph
(b) imposing restrictions upon persons holding office under the Government of the
Federation or of a State, members of the armed forces of the Federation or
members of the Nigeria Police Force or other Government security services or
agencies established by law.
Inioluwa Olaposi is a Law student at Obafemi Awolowo Universities, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Before LawHub NG, he started publishing law-related posts on his former multi-niche website.