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National Human Rights Commission rejects social media bill

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By Cyril Mbah, Abuja


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has pitched its tent with the people by rejecting the controversial Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, also known as the Social Media Bill which has scaled second reading in the Senate. NHRC Executive Secretary, Chief Tony Ojukwu said in Abuja that the commission stands with Nigerians on the matter but urged people who exercise their rights to free speech to
do so with due caution. “We stand with Nigerians and we believe that the media space should be free, people should be able to air their views. In doing so, we urge those who exercise their rights to be mindful of the rights of others.” The NHRC boss urged social media users to show genuine commitment to responsibility and maturity by ensuring that the rights of others are not breached. “In exercising our freedom to express ourselves, we believe that those freedoms should be expressed and utilized responsibly.

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