- There is an ongoing outrage on social media over plans by the Nigerian Senate to pass a bill titled, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation 2019'
- Many Nigerians have expressed their reservations concerning the bill, especially how it violates their fundamental right of freedom of speech
- The bill scaled second reading during plenary in the Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, November 20
Nigerians have taken to social media to rejet the a bill titled, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation 2019' in the Nigerian Senate.
The bill which was sponsored by Senator Sani Musa from Niger state, scaled second reading during plenary in the Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, November 20.
Many Nigerians have expressed their reservations concerning the bill, especially how it violates their fundamental right of freedom of speech.
On social media, a campaign has started with the hashtag #SocialMediaBill. Celebrities are also not left out in the campaign.
Actress, Jemima Osunde, is of the opinion that the bill will finish Nigeria as a nation.
Some others, however, think the bill should go through, but should not be used to stiffle constructive criticisms.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said the only people worried about the proposed social media bill are purveyors of fake news and hate speech.
The minister made the comment on Monday, November 18 when he recieved a delegation from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its national president, Mr. Chris Isiguzo.
In a related development, the federal government though Alhaji Mohammed has announced plans to take necessary measures for the amendment of the Act establishing the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The minister said there is a need to re-evaluate the applicability of some of NBC's laws to meet modern challenges, adding that his ministry would present a bill to the Federal Executive Council and work with the legislative arm of government to make it a reality.
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