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The Ethiopian House of Peoples Representative (HoPR), the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, on Thursday ratified a new law that criminalised hate speech and disinformation.

Ethiopian MPs ratify law criminalising hate speech

The Ethiopian House of Peoples Representative (HoPR), the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, on Thursday ratified a new law that criminalised hate speech and disinformation.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, at the Town Hall Forum on Hate Speech organised by DAAR Communications in Abuja on Monday, February 3, 2020 2

Senator Lawan: National Assembly open to suggestions on ways to deal with hate speech,...

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has said that the National Assembly is open to suggestions from Nigerians on the best ways to tackle the menace of hate speech and fake news.

Senator Sabi: Hate speech bill still alive

The sponsor of the controversial Hate Speech Bill, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, has said the proposed legislation is alive and will continue its journey at the National Assembly.

Minister gives directives to regulate online broadcast

The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has given directives to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to formulate regulations for the online media.

Minister orders implementation of 70 percent local content in broadcasting

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to implement the 70% local content in broadcasting under the new broadcast regulatuons.
Political Officer of the Embassy of the United States of America, Jerry Howard, on Tuesday described the Hate Speech bill before the National Assembly as an “impressive” piece of legislation needed to address issues of discrimination, hostility and violence in Nigeria. Howard stated this during a meeting with the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and sponsor of the Hate Speech bill, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, at the National Assembly, Abuja.

US Sanctions: Hate speech bill a remedy to religious, ethnic persecution in Nigeria –...

Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has said the passage of the Hate Speech Bill under consideration by the National Assembly will address all issues of discrimination associated with religious and ethnic persecution in Nigeria.
A new law being considered in Ethiopia is being called a threat to free speech and online expression.

Rights group calls new law in Ethiopia a threat to freedom of expression

Ethiopia’s “Hate Speech and Disinformation Prevention and Suppression Proclamation” is in a draft stage, but if approved, it would criminalize online, broadcast or print speech that promotes hatred, said the London-based rights group Human Rights Watch in a press statement Friday.

Cleric: Hate Speech, social media bills misplaced priority

The Hate Speech and social media bills being proposed by the National Assembly has been described as a misplaced priority, considering other pressing needs of Nigerians.

Femi Falana: Nigerians must take corruption fight headlong

Human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, has urged Nigerians not to leave the fight of corruption to any institution but to the bull by the horn in order to make it successful.

Group: Death of Kogi PDP woman leader burnt alive must not be swept under...

An international NGO, Centre for Information Technology and Development, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he diligently followed to the end the prosecution of those held for the death of the Kogi PDP woman leader, Mrs Acheju Abuh, to serve as a deterrent to others.

Senator Abdullahi: Those misinforming Nigerians are ignorant of dangers of not passing hate speech...

Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has said that opponents of the Hate Speech Bill are ignorant of the dangers that loom if the bill is not passed into law.
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National Assembly advised to immediately withdraw Hate Speech bill

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) has advised the National Assembly to immediately withdraw the Hate Speech bill that has generated bad blood among Nigerians, declaring it as contradicting the principles of fundamental human rights and tantamount to pursuing a policy that is self-serving.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan 1

Senate: Why we can’t initiate death penalty bill for treasury looters

This is coming after some Nigerians and groups called for a bill that prescribes death penalty for treasury looters instead of the lawmakers devoting time to social media and hate speech bills.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Oladipo Olasope, has knocked the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over its alleged docility and unnecessary silence on the Anti-Hate Speech Bill that has passed second reading in the National Assembly.

Anti-Hate Speech Bill: Senior lawyer knocks NBA over alleged docility, unnecessary silence

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Oladipo Olasope, has knocked the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over its alleged docility and unnecessary silence on the Anti-Hate Speech Bill that has passed second reading in the National Assembly.

Senator Abdullahi: Defamation, libel laws are inadequate to tackle hate speech

Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, on Thursday said existing laws on defamation and libel are grossly inadequate to tackle hate speech in its form.
Akon Eyakenyi, a senator from Akwa Ibom State, has declared her stand against the controversial social media regulation and anti-hate speech bills in Nigeria.

Senator condemns anti-social media, hate speech bills in ‘strongest terms’

Akon Eyakenyi, a senator from Akwa Ibom State, has declared her stand against the controversial social media regulation and anti-hate speech bills in Nigeria.

2019 elections: No evidence of hate speech in Nigerian newspapers – survey

No evidence of hate speech was observed in Nigerian newspapers’ reports monitored between July and September 2019, according to a survey.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan (left) with the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda, during the plenary on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. 4

Senate mulls amendment to hate speech bill

The Nigerian Senate may amend the proposed death penalty clause in the Hate Speech Bill before it.

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