Hate Speech Bill Introduced by Senate, Scales Through First Reading

In an effort to regulate false information and speeches culpable of causing disunity in Nigeria, the Senate on Tuesday, November 12th introduced a hate speech bill.

The bill titled: “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est., etc) bill, 2019 (SB. 154)” and sponsored by Senator Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi of Niger North Senatorial District scaled through first reading at the floor of the house.

Senator Sabi who was the 8th Assembly’s spokesman prayed the house to establish a Commission with administrative structures to deal with hate speeches in Nigeria.

Although much details of the bill has not been released but it was enlisted on the Tuesday’s order paper and is expected to pass through second and third reading at the upper and lower chambers before being assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall, last week the Protection from Internet falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 passed through first reading.

Also, the 8th Assembly under Senator Bukola Saraki had introduced the Social Media Bill new bill which raised negative dust from Nigerians who argued that it was intended to clamp down on the freedom of information and expression of Nigerians was not passed.

However, the new bill is expected to stop the spread of false news and information on social media platforms.



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