NUJ Opposes Death Penalty for Hate Speech

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Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has rejected the Hate Speech Bill before the National Assembly, which prescribes death penalty as punishment for anyone found guilty.

The union warned that the bill, sponsored by Senator Sabi Abdullahi, which has already passed through the first reading, could be used to silence the media and perceived political opponents if ultimately passed.

NUJ President, Mr. Chris Isiguzo, reiterated this stance yesterday during a courtesy visit by the executive members of the union to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Isiguzo appealed to the federal government to ensure that the safety of journalists is a priority and that no attempt be made to restrict the freedom of the press.

NUJ expressed worries that recent events were giving it serious cause for concern about the profession and safety of journalists, adding…



Source: Thisday Newspaper