The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) has known as on President Muhammadu Buhari, to reverse the penalty for hate speech superb instantly.
DAILY POST recollects that the Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, reviewed the penalty for hate speech in Nigeria.
Mohammed disclosed that the penalty for hate speech has elevated from N500,000 to N5 million.
The Minister said this on the unveiling ceremony of the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code organized by the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) in Lagos.
He mentioned: “The amended Code additionally consists of the availability elevating the superb for hate speech from 500,000 Naira to five million Naira.”
Reacting, SERAP in a tweet by way of its official Twitter deal with on Tuesday, described the rise in hate speech superb as ‘unconstitutional and unlawful,’ including that it might additional curtail freedom of expression and open the door for legislation enforcement officers to focus on critics.
“We’re calling on President Buhari to instantly reverse the unconstitutional and unlawful improve in ‘hate speech superb’ from N500,000 to N5m,” SERAP tweeted.
“We’ll battle to problem this illegality in courtroom to guarantee that the superb doesn’t develop into one other instrument for repression.
“This superb would additional curtail freedom of expression and open the door for legislation enforcement officers to focus on critics.
“The superb fails to fulfill the requirements of legality, necessity and proportionality in article 19(3) of the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
“The Buhari authorities needs to be eradicating restrictions on freedom of expression, not imposing heavy fines that threat stifling vital public debate on vital points.
“The management of the Nationwide Meeting ought to publicly condemn this restriction on constitutional rights.”