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Social-Media bill: IPI kicks against capital punishment

The Nigerian chapter of the International Press Institute says it does not support capital punishment for cyber-crimes.

The institute made this known in a press statement released on Sunday December 1.

We wish to make it known that IPI does not in any way support the peddling of Hate Speech, Fake News and deliberate misinformation through any social or conventional media platform.

We are aware that all of the aforementioned are usually the preserve of quacks and non-professionals who have no regard for the implications that such acts would have for our polity and for national peace and security.

But we are decidedly opposed to laws with prescription of capital punishment and any other stiff and de-humanising penalties for such abuse of the media space.

The institute however condemns the act of hate speech and its perpetrators.

We wish to make it known that IPI does not in any way support the peddling of Hate Speech, Fake News and deliberate misinformation through any social or conventional media platform.

We are aware that all of the aforementioned are usually the preserve of quacks and non-professionals who have no regard for the implications that such acts would have for our polity and for national peace and security, the statement read.

According to the press statement, IPI has called for proper deliberations among stake holders before passing the bill into law.

As responsible leaders of journalism, we appeal to all real stakeholders to go beyond the open condemnations by seizing the opportunity that would be presented at the impending public hearing to vigorously push for desired amendments or changes to any such Bill prior to its likely passage or rejection by the legislature.

We also sincerely suggest that members of the National Assembly should patriotically explore the alternatives of either re-examining the provisions of the Cyber Crime Act (2015) to accommodate current realities or advocating the applications, when necessary, of its provisions to check any negative use of social media.

Source: Voice of Nigeria