Thursday, 28 September 2017

Osoba warns National Assembly over hate speech


Olusegun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State, has warned the National Assembly against tampering with citizens’ freedom of expression enshrined in the constitution as it considers the bill against hate speeches.
Osoba said this on Wednesday at the unveiling of the 20 guest house built by the Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Somolu, Lagos.
“We are going through difficult times; this hate speech is an attack on the freedom of expression.
“If anybody must legislate, it must take into account anything that would undermine the freedom of expression,” he said.
Osoba called on journalists to use new media platforms to create blogs to ensure accurate and objective information occupying the social media space.
“People will always listen to reliable radio, TV and follow credible sites”.
He blamed those he described as fake journalists, whom he said lacked requisite qualification, for escalating hate speeches on social media.
The veteran journalist accused unprofessional journalists of dominating social media space with provocative statements that divide Nigeria.
Osoba advised professional journalists to key into ongoing biometric registration of journalists in the nation to flush out quacks.
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