Rising against the ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill, 2019 (SB 132)’ is a responsibility of every lover of democracy in Nigeria, Paradigm Initiative, has suggested.
The Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has gone ahead to document clauses in the proposed Bill that are likely to push the Internet space in Nigeria to the trenches.
Paradigm Initiative writing about this stated thus, “Millions of Nigeria have spoken. And during the past few days, thousands of citizens have reached out to ask us to challenge the social media bill to keep the Internet free and open in Nigeria. While the calls, emails and letters are flooding, our commitment and advocacy efforts to preserve a free and open internet is unstoppable.
“While we have been wary not to comment until we have seen the official copy of the draft bill out of our deep respect for the integrity of our regulatory and administrative process.
“We can now confirm that we have seen the official copy of the bill and given the high level of attention and the outpouring of the expression on the notice of proposed rule-making on open internet, we felt it was important to highlight the risks of this proposed bill.
“Please help us share the social media content. We’ve have broken down the main components of the bill to help you join the campaign against the bill. We’ve also suggested sample tweets and graphics.
“Share the content with hashtag #SayNoToSocialMediaBill and ensure to submit a memo to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
“We have created a template to help those with no previous experience of preparing memo for the Nigerian National Assembly. Please feel free to use this template”, the statement concludes.
Here are the clauses Paradigm Initiative wants Nigerians to be aware of: