Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Bill to jail abusive Nigerian Social Media user passes 2nd reading + The battle between Sahara Reporters and Ben Bruce on the issue.

If you think your social media freedom is about to be infringed upon, blame it on the handsome man pictured above, Senator Ibn Na'Allah representing Kebbi South. He sponsored a bill to jail Nigerian Social media users on the ground of posting abusive/false statement about people. Read the bill which have passed 2nd reading below:

"Where any person in order to circumvent this law makes any allegation and or publish any statement, petition in any paper, radio, or any medium of whatever description, with malicious intent to discredit or set the public against any person or group of persons, institutions of government, he shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction, shall be liable to an imprisonment term of two years or a fine of N4,000,000.00” the bill specified. Continue......

On the social media, the bill read: 
“Where any person through text message ,tweets, whatsApp or through any social media post any abusive statement knowing same to be false with intent to set the public against any person and group of persons, an institution of government or such other bodies established by law shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction, shall be liable to an imprisonment for two years or a fine of N2,000,000.00 or both fine and imprisonment.”

The bill said it shall be an offence for any petition to be submitted without a sworn affidavit from the law court. 

Following the bill, read the battle of words that ensued between Sahara reporters and Ben Bruce below:


Sahara Reporters is particularly coming for Ben Murray-Bruce because he's a media mogul! Why he didn't oppose this bill or alert the public to it is puzzling. 

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