STOP THE SOCIAL MEDIA BILL FROM BECOMING LAW

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The Nigerian Senate has recently passed the Second reading of a bill titled "PROTECTION FROM INTERNET FALSEHOODS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS BILL 2019". This bill is designed to give the Executive arm of government power to silence the Freedom of Speech through its vagueness. 

Freedom of Speech is a right enshrined in Chapter IV s39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where it states "Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference". This bill seeks to limit such a right. 

In an article by the TechCabal, Alexander O Onukwue put it best stating "Unlike in the days before social media, public officials are at greater risk of getting exposed for malfeasance today. Think the state governor caught stashing dollars in his kaftan, or bullion vans driving into a godfather’s residence. The social media bill is how members of the political class(regardless of party) push for stronger shields against the public’s eye" 

We urge each and everyone one of us not to turn a blind eye to this.

We urge the current members of Senate and the Executive to remember the power and seat they occupy is not in perpetuity. 

We urge the international community to apply pressure to the Nigerian Government to drop this bill for a threat to Freedom of Expression in one place is a threat to Freedom of Expression everywhere.

#SayNotoSocialMediaBill