first_img News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information NigeriaAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts If the Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill is passed in its current form, a journalist could be jailed for an article that is deemed to be “threatening, abusive or insulting” and could be sentenced to death by hanging if it “causes any loss of life.” The bill has already passed its first reading in the senate, but could be amended on second reading.The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill also contains many provisions that could create serious problems for journalists. For example, they could be imprisoned for publishing content “likely to be prejudicial to the security of Nigeria, public safety, tranquillity, public finances and friendly relations of Nigeria with other countries.”“In their current form, these bills contain vague and imprecise provisions with extremely harsh penalties that violate international law and are likely to be used to gag the media,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These bills provide new possibilities of prosecuting journalists who use their right to criticize in a country where the legislative arsenal is already very oppressive and is already often used to suppress free speech.”Nigerian civil society is very critical of the bills and dozens of people demonstrated outside the national assembly in the capital, Abuja, on 27 November, calling on the senate to abandon them.Nigeria’s criminal code, terrorism law and 2015 cyber-crime law already provide for imprisoning media personnel and are often used to arbitrarily arrest journalists who criticize corruption and misgovernment.Recent victims include Agba Jalingo, the publisher of the online newspaper CrossRiverWatch, who has been held since August on treason charges for criticizing the governor of Cross River State.Bills designed to criminalize hate speech and disinformation have been proposed in several African countries in recent months, including Cameroon and Ethiopia.Nigeria is ranked 120th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News News Follow the news on Nigeria January 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about two bills intended to combat hate speech and online disinformation that Nigeria’s senate is currently discussing. As they stand, they provide for disproportionate penalties and could become dangerous weapons against the freedom to inform. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms NigeriaAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation News RSF_en February 8, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2019 Two bills before Nigerian senate threaten press freedom Senate President Ahmed Lawan (L) is being sworn in as Senate President during the inauguration of the Nigerian 9th National Assembly in Abuja. 06/2019 Kola SULAIMON / AFP last_img read more

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Mortgage holders on payment breaks facing interest charges WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Serious concern has been raised over potential extra payments facing mortgage holders who have taken a payment break because of Covid-19. By 28th May, close to 80,000 mortgage holders have applied for a payment break however, the move could mean higher debt and interest charges in the long run.Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance and Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has published a Bill which would stop banks from charging interest and that their credit rating remaining unaffected.Deputy Doherty says the Government must take inspiration from their EU counterparts and ensure that these additional charges do not happen:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – June 18, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Previous articleRehabilitation unit will not be relocating to LUHNext articleNo new Covid-19 related deaths recorded in North today News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more