Five (5) reasons why the social media bill should be dropped
- The social media bill give authorities arbitrary powers to shut down the internet and limit access to social media, and make criticizing the government punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.
- Social media is one of the last remaining places where Nigerians can express their opinions freely.
- The Social Media bill is open to vague and broad interpretations and impose incredibly harsh punishments simply for criticizing the authorities.
- There are many provisions in the bills that do not meet international human rights standards.
- The social media bill contains overbroad provisions and seems designed to gag freedom of expression.