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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How the role of #SocialMedia Killed the @NgrSenate frivoulous #SocialMediaBill. President Rejects it #HNNTech

Photo: Tewogbade Saheed

That bill was literally a JOKE. Nobody regulates the internet. THE END!

A group of protesters, including broadcasters, new media entrepreneurs and civil society activists, on Tuesday, staged a peaceful protest to the National Assembly complex to register their opposition to “the Frivolous Petitions and other related matters Bill” proposed by the Senate.

The proposed law seeks to impose heavy punishment on anybody who “falsely” criticise government officials and institutions.

After the bill passed second reading last week, the Nigerian Senate came under severe public criticism. The senate claims the bill will not suppress free speech.

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday he will not approve any law that violates constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of speech and expression.

The protesters, led by Aisha Yusuf, Anthony Ehilebo, Ariyo Atoye, Mukhtar Daniyan, and Ahmad Isa, popularly called Ordinary Ahmed, insisted that the bill was targeted at gagging the media.

Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: “#Notosocialmediabill”, “#NotoGagLaws”, “#Ourrighttofreespeech” ‎ “#Freedomisourright”.

The protesters were allowed into the National Assembly complex, unlike in the past when protesters were stopped at the first gate.

They were addressed by senators Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna State) and Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia State).

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