Nigerians May Soon Need To “Watch What They Post” As Gov’t Is Set To Regulate Social Media

By  |  October 29, 2019

In a press conference held in Abuja on Tuesday, October 29, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, revealed that the government is actively seeking ways to regulate and sanitise social media; something the Minister said is “currently out of control.”

Mohammed who made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, October 29, stated that it would be irresponsible of any government to sit back and allow such activities capable of putting people at loggerheads with one another and setting the entire country ablaze to continue unchecked.

He said it has reached a level that “the government may just no longer fold its arms and allow this to continue”.

Mohammed also went on to say that the government is looking to implement tougher sanctions for broadcast stations that breach the nation’s broadcast code, especially regarding the dissemination of fake news and inciting and divisive comments.

Part of his comment was dedicated to reminding people that no amount of attacks or criticism would stop the government from implementing the sanctions approved by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

The Minister assured that “responsible” journalists have nothing to fear as the government’s intention was not to silence the media but to restore some semblance of order and standards to media coverage in Nigeria.

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