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    Group launches campaign against bills on social media, hate speech

Group launches campaign against bills on social media, hate speech

The Center for Advancement of Civil Liberties and Development, also known as the Center for Liberty (CFL), has launched a campaign against social media and hate speech bills. The social media bill entitled, "Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation 2019", passed second reading at the senate in November. Both bills have generated wide opposition as Nigerians described it as an attempt to gag [...]

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    CSOs: ‘Hate speech bill’ not justifiable in a democratic setting

CSOs: ‘Hate speech bill’ not justifiable in a democratic setting

A coalition of civil society organisations has asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to advise the government against some "controversial bills" before the national assembly. The coalition include Amnesty International Nigeria, Centre for Information Technology and Development, Girl Child Africa, Enough is Enough, Say No Campaign Nigeria, Spaces for Change and Yiaga Africa. In a statement on Wednesday, the groups accused [...]

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    VIDEO: I’m not aware of any ‘social media bill’ before n’assembly, says Lai

VIDEO: I’m not aware of any ‘social media bill’ before n’assembly, says Lai

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says he is not aware of the "Protection From Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019" before the national assembly. Referred to as "social media bill", it is being sponsored by Mohammed Musa, senator representing Niger east. The bill seeks to regulate social media. Despite sparking controversy, it has since passed second reading at the senate. But speaking in an [...]

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    Death by hanging for hate speech — controversial bills of the senate in 2019

Death by hanging for hate speech — controversial bills of the senate in 2019

Some bills introduced at the senate in 2019 got Nigerians talking. Many questioned the rationale for introducing these bills at a time the country needs legislation to confront its teething problems. The introduction of some of these bills raised the speculation that the senate was willing to do the bidding of President Muhammadu Buhari at any cost -- even to the [...]

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    Social media bill is bad for youth development in Nigeria

Social media bill is bad for youth development in Nigeria

If you are a Nigerian, news in town is that of the reading and debating of the controversial social media bill sponsored by Sani Musa, a senator, as a means of curbing what authorities term “internet falsehood” and “manipulation”. The Bill has generated lots of attention within and outside Nigeria given that it has passed the second reading in the [...]

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    Canada moves to regulate social media — but focus is on platforms NOT users

Canada moves to regulate social media — but focus is on platforms NOT users

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has appointed Steven Guilbeault as the country’s minister of heritage to create new regulations for social media. Guilbeault, whose appointment was disclosed in a mandate letter dated December 13, was asked to create new laws that would curb online harm including hate speech. However, unlike that of Nigeria which targets social media users, the letter stated [...]

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    CDD to senate: Find other means to curb fake news — drop social media bill

CDD to senate: Find other means to curb fake news — drop social media bill

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has asked the senate to discard the social media bill and find an alternative means to curb fake news. In a statement on Tuesday, Idayat Hassan, CDD director, said the bill is a provocative legislation aimed at stifling the freedom of expression. In November, a week after the senate introduced a bill to regulate social [...]

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    ‘Do they think we are all dummies?’ — Oyedepo kicks against ‘social media bill’

‘Do they think we are all dummies?’ — Oyedepo kicks against ‘social media bill’

David Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, says it is archaic to attempt regulating social media.  Speaking at a programme in his church, Oyedepo said what is needed instead, is regulation of "hate act" which he says is worse. The social media bill, which has scaled second reading at senate, has been condemned by many Nigerians as an attempt to [...]

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    ‘People I used to respect have changed’ — Simi speaks after tackling Keyamo over social media bill

‘People I used to respect have changed’ — Simi speaks after tackling Keyamo over social media bill

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    ‘It will check character assassination’ — Gov Abiodun backs social media bill

‘It will check character assassination’ — Gov Abiodun backs social media bill

Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun state, has expressed support for the proposed law to regulate social media in Nigeria. Speaking at an event to mark 160 years of journalism in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Monday, Abiodun said the law will help sanitise the social media and stem the rise of misinformation. A statement from Kunle Somorin, his chief press secretary, also [...]

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    Keyamo: There must be penalty for posting false information on social media

Keyamo: There must be penalty for posting false information on social media

Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and productivity, says there must be penalty for positing false information on social media. In a series of tweets on Monday, the former human rights activist said activists who oppose the bill seeking to regulate social media should stop blocking people who irritate them on the platforms. He also said they should apologise to those [...]

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    ‘I was a victim of cyber-bullying in 2015’ – Buhari’s daughter backs social media bill

‘I was a victim of cyber-bullying in 2015’ – Buhari’s daughter backs social media bill

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    ‘We’re not a communist country’ — Nigerians tackle Aisha Buhari for backing social media bill

‘We’re not a communist country’ — Nigerians tackle Aisha Buhari for backing social media bill

Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, has sparked off outrage on the Nigerian Twittersphere over her support for the proposed legislation for the regulation of social media in the country. The first lady spoke in support of social media regulation on Friday at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) general assembly meeting in Abuja. Using China as a model, she said [...]

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    ‘Do not gag me’ — Protesters ask n’assembly to drop social media/hate speech bills

‘Do not gag me’ — Protesters ask n’assembly to drop social media/hate speech bills

Protesters have converged on the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to vent against the bills seeking to regulate social media and curb “hate speech” in the country. The protesters, comprising individuals and civil society organisations, displayed placards asking the legislature to discard the bills. The protection from internet falsehoods and manipulation bill and the national commission for the prohibition of hate speeches [...]

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    Plateau rep rejects social media, hate speech bills — after ‘pressure’ from constituents

Plateau rep rejects social media, hate speech bills — after ‘pressure’ from constituents

Dachung Bagos, a member of the house of representatives from Plateau state, has kicked against the bills seeking to regulate social media and “curb hate speech” in the country. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, the lawmaker said he rejected the bills following incessant calls and messages from his constituents who reached out to express their reservations over the proposed legislation. The [...]

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    A case for hate speech and social media bills

A case for hate speech and social media bills

The disapproval of the social media and hate speech bills by a lot of Nigerians is quite understandable. The ignominy with which the Buhari administration has repeatedly made a mockery of the rule of law has made it almost impossible to trust him. But that is really as far as it goes. If you have any other excuse for being [...]

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