The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge (SERAP) has referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari, to reverse the penalty for hate speech wonderful 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 supply elevating the wonderful 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 wonderful as ‘unconstitutional and unlawful,’ including that it might additional curtail freedom of expression and open the door for regulation enforcement officers to focus on critics.
“We’re calling on President Buhari to right away reverse the unconstitutional and unlawful enhance in ‘hate speech wonderful’ from N500,000 to N5m,” SERAP tweeted.
“We’ll battle to problem this illegality in court docket to ensure that the wonderful doesn’t develop into one other device for repression.
“This wonderful would additional curtail freedom of expression and open the door for regulation enforcement officers to focus on critics.
“The wonderful fails to satisfy the requirements of legality, necessity and proportionality in article 19(3) of the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
“The Buhari authorities must be eradicating restrictions on freedom of expression, not imposing heavy fines that danger stifling crucial public debate on essential points.
“The management of the Nationwide Meeting ought to publicly condemn this restriction on constitutional rights.”