Nigeria: Senate bows to public pressure, withdraws its anti-social media bill

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Tuesday bowed to public pressure as it withdrew the anti-social media bill, sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.

The bill, which was opposed by media and Civil Society groups, was widely believed to restrict freedom of expression.

The withdrawal of the bill followed the report of the upper chamber’s Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters, submitted by David Umar at its plenary Tuesday.

The report made it clear that the bill amounted to violation of citizens’ rights, and contradicted extant laws, imposing duty of investigation on petitioners and serving as a stumbling block to the fight against corruption.

The introduction of the bill sparked widespread outrage across the country.
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17 may 2016 15:28:28

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