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A bill to set up an agency for the prohibition of hate speech has been introduced at the Senate.

The Bill  sponsored by the former Senate spokesman in the eight assembly Senator Abdullahi Sabi, has passed first reading.

Bill to establish Agency to check hate speech passes 1st reading

Last week the Senate passed through first reading the Protection from internet falsehood and manipulations Bill 2019.

The proposed legislation seeks to prevent the spreading and broadcasting of falsehood and manipulations using social media platforms via internet broadcasts and transmissions.

This Bill is reminiscent of the Social Media Bill which was introduced in the eight assembly but was not passed because of widespread condemnation of the bill which some Nigerians felt was intended to stifle freedom of expression.

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