Hate Speech: Social Media Bill plot to muzzle freedom of expression – CDD cries out

The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, has condemned the Social Media Bill which has passed second reading in the Senate.

CDD insisted that the bill was an attempt to use legislative process to muzzle freedom of expression in Nigeria.

In a statement by its Director, Idayat Hassan, the group called on the Senate to disregard the entire bill and look for alternative approaches to the problems of hate speech and the spread of false information on social media.

The statement reads: “CDD has carefully followed the debate on the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 (SB 132), popularly known as the Social Media Bill. This provocative legislation, which has passed a second reading in the Senate, is an attempt to use the legislative process to muzzle…

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