No intention to shut down social media –FG

November 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The federal government  has said it has no intention of shutting down the social media. Rather,  the government said, it plans to regulate social media to be responsible and refrain from being purveyor of fake news and hate speech.  Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made the clarification  Saturday in Lagos when he inspected the headquarters of The Nation newspaper and TV Continental (TVC) Read More

Obasanjo: Youth group warns elder statesmen against divisive utterances

September 16, 2020 John Oba 0

The Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO) has called on elder statesmen in Nigeria to be mindful of making statements that could divide the country on ethnic or religious lines. Secretary general of the group, Comrade Duke Alamboye, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said present and past leaders of the country should give the youth hope for a better Nigeria. Read More

Why Banky W must pay NBC’s N5m for hate speech – Coalition

September 6, 2020 Baba Yusuf 0

A group, Coalition of Northern Civil Societies Groups Organisations, has urged the Presidency via the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to checkmate media houses particularly online media over hate speech. The Coalition, in a statement jointly signed by the president of Coalition of Northern Nigeria Youths (CNNY), Ambassador Auwalu Muhammad Majiri, and Abdukadri Shauibu for Competent Governance for Accountability and Civic Read More

Why we increased hate speech fine to N5m – FG

August 7, 2020 Editorial III 0

The federal government has stated that it increased the fine for hate speech from N500, 000 to N5 million in the amended National Broadcasting Code to deter people “who are willingly violating the provision to destabilise the country.” The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Friday when he featured on a TVC live Programme, This Read More

Breaking: FG jerks up hate speech fine

August 4, 2020 Editor 0

The fine for hate speech in Nigeria has been increased from N500,000 to N5 million. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday while unveiling the Reviewed Broadcasting Code said the increase came into effect after President Muhammadu Buhari approved recommendations to reposition the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC). A statement by the Federal Ministry of Information Read More

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Group cautions Nigerians on hate speech

June 12, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

A inter-governmental organisation, Alumni Fellows of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), has cautioned politicians and other interest groups on exploiting the country’s diverse ethnic and religious identities to perpetrate hate speech.  The group stated this at the end of their social media campaign against hate speech in Abuja on Monday, to checkmate the Read More

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Hate Speech: KAICIID holds dialogue with religious leaders, bloggers, others

March 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

Worried about the spread of hate speech on social media, the king Abdullah Bin Abdullaziz Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Nigeria Fellows has launched a campaign against hate speech on the social media. According to a statement made available to Blueprint by KAICIID Media Focal Point Stella Francis in Abuja Monday, the centre held a roundtable dialogue in Read More

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Impact of undesirable political utterances …Umahi, Mbaka, Kanu as reference points

January 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

In this article, AMARACHUKWU EGWUAGHA in Abakaliki analyses the consequences of Governor David Umahi’s alleged confession of dual party membership, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka’s prophecies and Nnamdi Kanu’s undesirable utterances, saying that such is capable of having negative impact on the society. Most times people make utterances without knowing the consequences on both the well to do in the society Read More

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‘Adeyanju supported social media regulation in 2014’

January 11, 2020 Editorial III 0

Indications have emerged that Leader of the Concerned Nigeria group supported social media regulation in the last dispensation. Adejanju, who has been championing opposition against the move by the President Muhammdu Buhari-led government to regulate the use of the social media. Reacting to the statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed that the government would not go Read More

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How Deji Adeyanju supported social media regulation

January 10, 2020 Editorial III 0

Indications have emerged that Leader of the Concerned Nigeria group supported social media regulation in the last dispensation. Adejanju, who has been championing opposition against  the move by the President Muhammdu Buhari-led government to regulate the use of the social media in the country. Reacting to the statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that the government Read More

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‘Death for hate speech’ bill: My stand

December 21, 2019 Editorial III 0

There can be no gainsaying the highly destructive effects of a well-told lie, let alone hate speech. Examples abound all over the world of how easy it is to incite a mob into resorting to jungle justice but how virtually impossible it becomes to control the genie after he’s been let out of the bottle. The horrendous pogrom against the Read More

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Social Media Bill: Senate under fire

December 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Criticism went towards the Senate of the federal republic of Nigeria Monday in Abuja by participants at the Social Media Summit.The attacks launched at the Senate at the summit which held in the Auditorium of the Nigerian Airforce dwelled on the Bill prohibiting hate speech sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi ( APC Niger North ) , proposing death penalty Read More

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Why Nigeria needs hate speech bill – Mumuni

December 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni, Tuesday said Nigeria needs hate speech bill to curtail provocative utterances and spread of fake news in the country’s cyberspace. Mumuni in a statement made available to newsmen through his media aide, Rasheed Abubakar, declared that the hate bill became necessary considering the way most Nigerian social Read More

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We’re opposed to hate speech bill, IPI tells NASS

December 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

The International Press Institute (IPI) Nigerian chapter has restated its opposition to laws with prescription of capital punishment or any other stiff and dehumanising penalties for such abuse of the media space. Making its stand public in a press statement issued by the chairman of the IPI Nigerian chapter, Kabiru Yusuf, member, Malam Wada Maida, and secretary, Raheem Adedoyin, on Read More

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Social media regulation and free speech

December 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which was proclaimed by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1948,and adopted as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 1981 is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Accordingly, Nigeria as a member nation domesticated it as chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution, Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. Read More

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Hate Speech Bill: Why death penalty?

November 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

Africa harbours countries that have the most ethnic diversity rating in the word. On top of the list is Papua New Guinea with over a thousand ethic groups. Others are Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, and of course, Nigeria, with over 370 ethnic groups and over half a thousand indigenous languages is not a ‘poor man’ on the list. That is how Read More

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Death penalty for hate speech: ‘It’s dark clouds over Nigeria’

November 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

The re-introduction of a Bill that prescribes death penalty by the Senate has caused outrage among Nigerians. SAMSON BENJAMIN and JOAN EZE in this report examine the controversies surrounding the Bill. The Senate on November 21, 2019, re-introduced a bill that seeks to impose death on hate speech. The bill sponsored by the deputy chief whip, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, has Read More

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Senate imposes death penalty on hate speech offenders

November 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Senate Tuesday re-introduced the hate speech bill it abandoned under pressure last year through which it sought to impose outright death penalty on “any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person.” It was last year forced to drop its first attempt to enact the law following massive public outcry Read More

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Fake news on social media: What FG is already planning

October 29, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Government says it is working to inject sanity into the Social Media space, just as it solicited the support of the mainstream media to banish fake news and hate speech in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, said the social space has gone Read More

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Fedponek Rector cautions over fake news on social media

July 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Dr Michael Chidiebere Arimanwa has sounded a note of caution to people who post falsehood on social media, saying they should desist from it. Describing the act as “menace of social media”, he advised that they should try as much as possible to get their information correct before they go to press as Read More

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When leaders are believable, hate speech ‘ll die – Prof Odinkalu

July 16, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Fake news and hate speech which have recently been entrenched in the polity, and threatening the very existence of Nigeria has been blamed on the government. Professor Chidi Odinkalu, one of the discussants at the colloquium organised by the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for African Studies (OOCAS) of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) said Monday that fake news and hate Read More

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Political parties urged to join campaign against hate speech in Bayelsa

May 16, 2019 Editorial III 0

Ahead of the November 2 governorship election in Bayelsa state, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has appealed to political party chairmen to use their offices to champion the campaign against hate speech. The state chairman of IPAC, Mr. Eneyi Zidougha, made this appeal during an enlarged meeting of all political party chairmen in Yenagoa Tuesday. Speaking further, Zidougha said in Read More

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Genocide: Resurgence of hate speech, racism, nationalism frightening – Osinbajo

April 8, 2019 Editorial IV 0

…Says leadership in Africa must act fast The resurgence of hate speech, racism, nationalism and all the identity type problems that is going on around the world today is frightening and a compelling reason to reflect on what happened in Rwanda 25 years ago, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said,  Osinbajo said this in an interview with journalists shortly after participating Read More

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Hate speech: NBC’s clampdown on TV stations and matters arising

February 22, 2019 Editorial III 0

The recent clampdown on five major television stations by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over airing of what the commission described as hate speech is generating mixed reactions. SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report examines these reactions against the backdrop of the dangers that hate speech poses to the society. The director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr Is’haq Modibbo Read More