Hate speech, Internet bills duplicative – CAN, Senator Gyang

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A policeman chasing a female photojournalist during a protest in Jos, Plateau State
The Christian Association of Nigeria says the “Hate Speech” and “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation” Bills in the National Assembly are duplicative.

There are ‘adequate’ laws regulating social media use and free speech, CAN Legal and Public Affairs, Barr. Samuel Kwamkur said, Wednesday in a press statement.
“The Penal Code, Criminal Code, Cyber Crime Act and other legal provisions that deal with hate speech, defamation, libel and similar offences are clear and strong enough,” the statement says.

The body demanded the withdrawal of the “suppressive” bills.

Senator Istifanus Gyang of Plateau North had shared the same opinion last week.

Gyang in a press statement through his media aide, Musa Ashoms vowed to oppose the proposed “draconian” laws.

“I will not be a party to, nor grant consent to any proposed legislation that will compromise nor subvert the fundamental rights of citizens and in particular, the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the same Constitution,” he said.

His House of Reps colleague, Musa Bagos has equally objected the two bills which seek to introduce “a regime of tyranny.”

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