Abiodun Backs Social Media Bill, Opposes Death In Hate Speech Bill

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has expressed support for the controversial social media bill, being considered by the national assembly to curb the spread of fake news in the country.

The governor, however, calls for a review of the death penalty in the hate speech bill, also before the national assembly.

Abiodun speaking in Abeokuta at an event organized by the pen-pushing media, to mark 160 years of journalism in Nigeria, explains that the social media bill is not aimed at gagging the media, but to strengthen the media practice due to the influx of online media in the country.

He asks veteran journalists to play their role as elders in the profession by ensuring journalists cross-check information they are disseminating.

Abiodun regards the bill as a win-win situation, because the social media has provided a platform for everybody to write anything, and in the process, misinform the public.

Also speaking on the issue, former governor Olusegun Osoba opposes both the social media and hate speeches bills, and asks journalists in the conventional media to dominate the social media space to prevent the spread of fake news to the public.

Osoba who promises to lead the battle, to kill the bills, enjoins journalists to embrace the modern technology offered by the social media to be abreast of happenings within the profession, to discredit fake news.

He also appeals to the leadership of the Nigeria union of journalists (NUJ) to enforce the code of conducts of the profession.

 

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