International Press Centre Bemoans Northern Governors Over Call For Social Media Censorship - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

International Press Centre Bemoans Northern Governors Over Call For Social Media Censorship



Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 

LAGOS - The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria has condemned the call for social media censorship by Northern States Governors.


THE ENCOUNTER NEWS reports that, the Northern Governors at a forum on Monday with Northern States Emirs and Chiefs held at the Council Chamber, Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, the Governors advised the federal government to clamp down on the social media users with a call to regulate the usage of social media by Nigerians. 


The call for social media censorship was highlighted in Section 5 of the resolution of the meeting. It stated that, “The meeting took note of the devastating effect of the uncontrolled social media in spreading fake news. Therefore, calls for major control mechanism and censorship of the social media practice in Nigeria.”


But IPC's Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said that social media censorship will violate the rights guaranteed by the constitution, the right of free expression, the right to privacy, the right to know, etc. He further said, it will also violate press freedom.


“It is important to note that, there are existing laws to deal with unwholesome use of the internet, such as the Cyber Crime Act.


"Nigerians already rejected the social media bill before the Senate and it would be unacceptable to return it through the backdoor, Mr. Arogundade said.”

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