See Why Hate Speech Fine Was Raised From 500,000 To N5m – Lai Mohammed

Abuja (Precise Post)- The Federal Government has given reasons for increasing the fine from N500,000 to N5 million in the ammended National Broadcasting Code, says its to deter people who are willingly violating the provision to destabilise the country.

The Minister of Information and  Culture, Alhaji gave the explanation on Friday when he featured on a TVC live Programme, “This Morning”” monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

NAN recalls that the minister in 2019 announced the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the increase of the fine which was later stipulated in the ammended Broadcasting Code.

“What motivated the ammendment was that when the fine was N500,000 we saw the provision being violated at will because the amount was very easy to pay,” he said.

The minister explained that some desperate people, who know that their broadcast content contains , will insist that the broadcast stations should air it while they bear the cost of the fine.The minister noted that those attacking the government over the increase, must remember that had destroyed many countries.

He recalled that Rwandan lost 800,000 lives to while Bosnia and Cambodia equally lost thousands of lives to the menace.

Mohammed said that Nigeria is not the only country to impose sanction on hate speech, adding that some nations have more stringent provisions.

“Chad has today slow down the speed of its internet service to slow down the growth of hate speech.

“Iceland has a provision in its penal code against hate speech and the punishment is up to five years in jail.

“The sanction in Norway is up to two years imprisonment while South Africa separated hate speech from the protection their citizens  can get from the constitution,” he said.

The minister said that hate speech is not new but the social media  and its wildfire capacity to spread information made it to be more problematic.

He, therefore, reiterated the resolve of the government to regulate the social media without stifling the freedom of speech.


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