Sunday, April 7, 2019

Tag "hate speech"

    ‘You overstepped your brief’ — Keyamo hits US ambassador over comments on elections

‘You overstepped your brief’ — Keyamo hits US ambassador over comments on elections

Festus Keyamo, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari reelection campaign, says the United States has displayed its double standard for the world to see.Keyamo said this in reaction to a statement credited to Stuart Symington, US ambassador to Nigeria.Symington had warned public officials not to obey illegal directives issued in the name of the president, saying any politician whose utterances incite [...]

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    EXTRA: ‘I consider it hate speech’ — Shehu Sani wants el-Rufai’s wife to stop talking about his hair

EXTRA: ‘I consider it hate speech’ — Shehu Sani wants el-Rufai’s wife to stop talking about his hair

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, has asked Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state, to caution his wife over her comments on his hair.In a Facebook post on Saturday, the senator said Hadiza el-Rufai, the governor’s wife, always talks about his hair whenever she is out campaigning.Hadiza, who is a published author, has been actively involved in the re-election campaign [...]

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    Shehu Sani: Some govt officials condemn hate speech but sponsor attacks on their opponents

Shehu Sani: Some govt officials condemn hate speech but sponsor attacks on their opponents

Shehu Sani, lawmaker representing Kaduna central senatorial district, says some people in government are raising concerns about hate speech while they pay some media users to attack and defame others.In a Twitter post on Saturday, the senator, who did not mention names, said those people in government preach against hate speech and incitement yet keep an army of social media [...]

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    El-Rufai accuses Dunamis pastor of incitement, vows to sue him

El-Rufai accuses Dunamis pastor of incitement, vows to sue him

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says he will sue Paul Enenche (pictured), senior pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), over an alleged incitement.El-Rufai said this on Thursday when Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, paid him a visit in Kaduna.Over 50 people including a traditional ruler were killed in a religious conflict in Kaduna in October.Reacting to the [...]

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    Lai: Fake news, hate speech are big threats to 2019 polls

Lai: Fake news, hate speech are big threats to 2019 polls

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says if left unchecked, hate speech and fake news will constitute big threats to the 2019 polls.Mohammed said this on Thursday while speaking at the 47th national council of information in Kaduna state.The minister said the media must lead the campaign against fake news and hate speech.“This issue transcends political party lines, religion, ethnicity, and [...]

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    El-Rufai: Being a governor is not an easy job… I feel like running away

El-Rufai: Being a governor is not an easy job… I feel like running away

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, says it is not easy to preside over the affairs of many people.Speaking at an election summit organised by the Kaduna State Peace Commission, the governor said at times he feels like running away.He said he would accept defeat if he loses the 2019 governorship election, adding that he would be in a hurry [...]

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    My government won’t condone hate speech, says Buhari

My government won’t condone hate speech, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the federal government will not condone hate speech.According to NAN, the president gave the warning at the 24th convocation ceremony of the University of Uyo on Saturday.Buhari who was represented by Ibrahim Yakasai, director of corporate communications, National Universities Commission (NUC), asked security agencies to fish out and prosecute those making inciting statements.While urging Nigerians to [...]

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    Hate speech: Governors monitoring citizens’ conversations, says Nwankwo

Hate speech: Governors monitoring citizens’ conversations, says Nwankwo

Clement Nwankwo, executive director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), says state and federal governments are using the campaign against hate speech as a room to clamp down on citizens.He said governors, as well as security agencies, have been discovered to be monitoring citizens' conversations in a bid to detect whatever is critical of them and their actions.Nwankwo said this [...]

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    Lai: Fake news a time bomb in Nigeria

Lai: Fake news a time bomb in Nigeria

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has described fake news as a time bomb in Nigeria.Mohammed, speaking, during a programme on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), described the growing level of fake news and hate speech in the country as a threat to national security.The federal government on Wednesday, launched a campaign  against fake news.“At a conference for media handlers of [...]

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    The hate speech bill is a national embarrassment

The hate speech bill is a national embarrassment

The Bill on Hate speech before the National Assembly is an embarrassment. We seem to revel in taking decisions in moments of emotional flourishes and consequently often fail to soberly reflect on possible unintended consequences of our actions.Last year we saw how the country made itself a laughing stock when IPOB, as despicable and unacceptable as its activities were, was [...]

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    El-Rufai: Those propagating hate speech must be arrested

El-Rufai: Those propagating hate speech must be arrested

Nasiru el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, on Wednesday said hate speech and fake news were the biggest threats to national security, calling for the arrest of those found wanting.The governor said this when he received Anthony Alolagbe, the new commander of ‘Operation Safe Haven’, a military task force, in Kaduna.“There is need to curtail the emerging trend of using social [...]

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    AFRICMIL: Mass literacy can tackle hate speech, fake news

AFRICMIL: Mass literacy can tackle hate speech, fake news

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) says mass literacy will tackle the problem of hate speech as well as fake news in Nigeria.The center said this to mark the international literacy day.In a statement issued by Chido Onumah, AFRICMIL coordinator, the center said such measure would help promote peaceful co-existence among the different groups in Nigeria thereby [...]

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    SERAP asks Buhari to stop military from monitoring Nigerians on social media

SERAP asks Buhari to stop military from monitoring Nigerians on social media

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the military from monitoring Nigerians on social media and clamping down on perpetrators of hate speech.SERAP made the request in a letter by Timothy Adewale, deputy director of the organisation. and sent to the president, in reaction to the purported directive of the federal government to the military to [...]

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    Falana: It’s unlawful for military to arrest hate speech offenders

Falana: It’s unlawful for military to arrest hate speech offenders

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says it is unlawful for the military to arrest perpetrators of hate speech in the country.Falana said this while reacting to the purported directive of the federal government to the military to clamp down on purveyors of hate speech.Earlier this week, the military had announced that it will be on the lookout for comments and [...]

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    What police will do to perpetrators of hate speech

What police will do to perpetrators of hate speech

Perpetrators of hate speech will be arrested and charged under the Terrorism Prevention Act, Ibrahim Idris, the inspector-general of police, has said.Yemi Osinbajo, vice president, had recently announced that hate speech will be treated as an act of terrorism.He had said: "The federal government has today drawn the line on hate speech. Hate speech is a specie of terrorism."The Terrorism Prevention Act [...]

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    Sultan champions criminalisation of hate speech, fake news

Sultan champions criminalisation of hate speech, fake news

Sa’ad Abubakar, sultan of Sokoto, says the traditional institution is in support of the recent move by the federal government to criminalise hate speech and fake news.The sultan said this on Thursday while speaking at the 25th anniversary of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Abuja.According to the monarch, hate speech should be declared an act of terrorism.Abubakar said hate speech [...]

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