Date: January 18, 2021, 08:28:21 AM
Don’t delay death of social media, hate speech bills, CSO tells Senate: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
“The threat that comes with delaying the death of the social media bill is enormous and costly to Nigeria’s democracy. One of the most important things in our democracy is citizens’ right to freedom of expression.”He also said the threat posed by the social media bill to this right contradicted the values of a democracy and the ideals of the 21st century.“Our democracy dies the day we are no longer able to express ourselves freely. So, the Nigerian legislature should be focusing on enacting laws that would bolster digital freedom and the numerous innovative ideas of young people on social media, and not be seen to be seemingly waiting for an opportunity to sinisterly pass bills that threaten digital freedom and freedom of expression.“We, hereby, wish to urge the Nigerian Senate to prioritise killing the social media and hate speech bills this year, 2021.