FG To Prosecute Media Houses Promoting Hate Speeches
The federal government has said it is ready to prosecute any person or group of persons who engages in hate speeches as well as any media houses that allowed itself to be used by persons.
The Minister of Information Mr. Lai Muhammed gave warning at the 2nd National Union of Journalist (NUJ) National conference held in Kano state with the theme; “Hate Speech: Halting the tide before it is too late “.
He said that journalism, which is well guided by professional ethics and standard was poised to enhance peaceful co-existence in the society.
The Minister revealed the new disposition of government on hate speeches, and cited the 2011 terrorism act, saying “henceforth, offenders of dangerous comments would be treated in accordance with the act. “
Mr Lai reminded the media that government directive on National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any broadcast station who allows its air wave to be used as medium for promotion of hate speeches, still stands.
He posited that as postulated by provisions of the constitution, freedom of expression and speeches, such privilege should not be abused.