From ANENE AIKE, Sokoto
The former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba who is the Chairman of the 15th All Nigeria Guild of Editors’ Conference, 2019 holding in Sokoto, has kicked against the plan by the National Assembly on Social Media and Hate Speech legislation.
Speaking at the conference, Osoba described the move by the National Assembly as an attack on the media that tirelessly fought for democracy in the country.
He also stated that the media had its ways of handling the negative side of the Social Media and some major problems associated with Hate Speech, rather than the draconian laws that was being proposed by the National Assembly particularly, the Senate.
The Acting President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mustapha Isah noted that the conference was holding at a time that various bills targeted at the media were being considered by the National Assembly such as the Hate Speech and that of Social Media.
He said that the Federal Government also recently announced plans to regulate the Social Media to check fake news and hate speech, stressing that the Guild was not in support and would never support fake news and hate speech.
He said that its members were trained professionals and “we will not accept any move to surreptitiously curtail Press Freedom, even as it’s true that the social media space, just like any other ecosystem is being abused by some people”.