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Proposed Social Media Bill Won’t be Passed- Saraki

sarakiThe controversial social media bill under the consideration of Members of Parliament has been thrown away by the National Assembly.
Human rights group and activists have described the bill, which aims to punish anyone who “propagates false information” on electronic media, as an attempt to muzzle free speech.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who told a social media conference in Lagos that parliament recognises the role of social media in Nigeria’s development, described the proposed bill, presented to the senate last December, has “dead on arrival,”.
The bill proposes up to seven years in jail or a $25,000 (£16,000) fine for anyone found to be sending “abusive messages”.
At the time, the hashtag #NoToSocialMediaBill was used to campaign against the proposal.
Nigeria has a vibrant civil society, with many activists who use social media for their campaigns. It has the largest number of mobile phone users in Africa.

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