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Amnesty kicks against calls by FG to regulate social media

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Amnesty Worldwide has strongly opposed the decision by the Nigerian authorities to control using social media and on-line broadcasters.

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Recall that the Minister of Data and Tradition, Lai Mohammed urged the Home of Representatives to incorporate regulation of Twitter within the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee Act.

The Minister made the decision on the public listening to on a invoice to amend the NBC Act organised by the Home Committee on Data.

“I’ll wish to add, that particularly, web broadcasting and all on-line media ought to be included on this as a result of we’ve got accountability to watch content material— together with Twitter,” he mentioned.

Reacting, Amnesty Worldwide in a tweet through its Twitter account on Thursday, kicked in opposition to the movement.

It famous that when Social Media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to close down the web and restrict entry to social media.

It additional famous that criticizing the federal government can be made punishable with penalties of as much as three years in jail.

“When Social Media is Regulated, Authorities can arbitrarily have powers to close down the web and restrict entry to social media.

“Criticizing the federal government can be made punishable with penalties of as much as three years in jail.

“Regulating social media in Nigeria might be simply abused to punish critics of presidency insurance policies and actions, and anybody who asks troublesome questions may discover themselves accountable for ‘diminishing public confidence within the authorities.’

“Searching for a legislation to ban abusive, threatening and insulting behaviour is open to very large interpretation. This part would pose a menace to essential opinion, satire, public dialogue and political commentary,” the assertion added.

Amnesty Worldwide requires quick reversal of ban on Twitter in Nigeria

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