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Senate will not pass social media bill – Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki

President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, Friday, assured online publishers and other social network operators that the senate would not censor the media.

This is contained in a statement by his Media Assistant, Bamikole Omishore, made available to journalists in Abuja.

The statement said that Saraki gave the assurance when the Executive Board of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria led by its president, Olufemi Awoyemi, visited him.

It said that the group’s visit was in connection with the widely criticised “Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill 2015” popularly tagged “Anti-Social Media Bill”.

Saraki told the group that he would not support any form of censorship of the media, saying that the 8th Senate remained committed to the principles of fair, responsible and open engagement.

“The Senate has no intention to pass any legislation to control or gag the press,” the statement quoted him as saying.

He, however, charged the group to do its part to ensure that international best practices were adopted, while also abiding by the ethics of journalism.

Earlier, Owoyemi, according to the statement, claimed that a section of the Bill aimed at criminalizing false statements and use of unsupported petitions on social media.

 

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