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Nigeria’s social media censorship bill is a killer

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2020-11-06

Culturecustodian’s simple Instagram story tells us everything we need to know about the controversial Protection of Internet Falsehood And Manipulation And Other Related Offences Bill (the Social Media Bill) currently passing through the Nigerian parliament. The Bill, one of two which were mostly dead in the water, has been resurrected as a direct response to the #EndSARS protests (see ND passim), originally carried such interesting proposals as the death penalty for spreading hate speech on Twitter. Now we hate liars as much as the next pair of nerdy, cynical do-gooders, but hold on a minute that’s a little harsh don’tchyathink? Friends in Nigeria seem assured that the current incarnation will also fail to pass, but these days, who knows?

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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