1108 Views

Hate Speech: 5 Important Things You Should Be Aware Of

In a new bill by the Senate, any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person shall die by hanging upon conviction.

The hate speech bill, which has passed second reading in the senate, has generated a lot of opinions since the pubic got to know about it . Well, here are 5 things you should know about it.

1. Who sponsored the bill?
The spokesman of the upper chamber, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) did.

2.Why he sponsored the bill
People who cause the death of another through hate speech should also be killed, and according to him ,“after all, our present law says if you do anything that results in the death of another person and it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that you caused the death of that person, the penalty is death by hanging.” The Senate spokesperson said the penalty is only for those who are found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person after judicial processes in a Federal High Court.

3.Those who will oppose the bill?
The Senate says “People who may be having some opposing views about it definitely are not in the category of people who have lost dear ones and family or livelihood to similar circumstances. If they are, I think they will be saying how I wish this was in place before this thing happened to me.”

ALSO READ  Why FG Order NBC To Sanction TV/Radio Stations Broadcasting Hate Speech

4.What the bill notes
“A person who uses, publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and/or directs the performance of any material, written and/or visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, commits an offence, if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up against any person or person from such an ethnic group in Nigeria.”

5.What journalists are saying
In a statement on Friday, the NUJ National Secretary, Shuaibu Leman, said “It is instructive to note that citizens are entitled to free speech even if they hold offensive and hurtful opinions. We also cannot forget that people have the right to be biased, even offensive in their speech even if journalism is different and we have to be aware of this.”

“It is therefore, our considered opinion that it is pertinent to avoid such pitfalls in our bid to come up with legislation to curtail the excesses of citizens,”

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Posts

DJ Venum: FUTA Undergraduate DJ Breaks Guinness World Record For Longest DJ’ing
Best of Nigeria
52 views
Best of Nigeria
52 views

DJ Venum: FUTA Undergraduate DJ Breaks Guinness World Record For Longest DJ’ing

PH - August 17, 2018

DJ Venum, a Nigerian Disc Jockey, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest DJ'ing, playing music non-stop for 15 days. The superstar DJ, Agboola Venmak,…

Nigeria’s Foreign Exchange Inflow Hits $91b In 2017 – CBN
Business
48 views
Business
48 views

Nigeria’s Foreign Exchange Inflow Hits $91b In 2017 – CBN

PH - August 17, 2018

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says the aggregate foreign exchange inflow into the country increased to $91billion in 2017. The apex bank revealed this in its…

Nigerian Woman Celebrates Her Daughter Who Is Now A Major In US Army. [Photos]
Best of Nigeria
68 views
Best of Nigeria
68 views

Nigerian Woman Celebrates Her Daughter Who Is Now A Major In US Army. [Photos]

MT - August 17, 2018

Congratulations are in order for a Nigerian lady identified as Major Tokunbo Benson, who recently graduated from US Army Command and General Staff College. The lady who…

WATCH Trailer of New Movie “Moms At War” starring Omoni Oboli & Funke Akindele Bello
Entertainment
69 views
Entertainment
69 views

WATCH Trailer of New Movie “Moms At War” starring Omoni Oboli & Funke Akindele Bello

PH - August 17, 2018

Actress Omoni Oboli‘s new production set to be released tomorrow, “Moms at War” is about two mothers who live in the same neighborhood, but hate each other.…

This Survey Says 74% of Nigerians Want to Move to Another Country
Featured
53 views
Featured
53 views

This Survey Says 74% of Nigerians Want to Move to Another Country

PH - August 17, 2018

A survey carried out by the Pew Research Center between February and April 2017 has said that 74% of Nigerians would go to live in another country…

WATCH: Atedo Peterside opens up about building a Billion-Dollar Business at 33 on ‘My Worst Day with Peace Hyde’
Best of Nigeria
73 views
Best of Nigeria
73 views

WATCH: Atedo Peterside opens up about building a Billion-Dollar Business at 33 on ‘My Worst Day with Peace Hyde’

PH - August 17, 2018

Atedo Peterside is one of the most respected bankers in Nigeria. At 33 he built a billion dollar business and became the founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank…

FG Paid A “Huge Ransom” To Secure Release Of Dapchi Girls – UN Report
Politics
51 views
Politics
51 views

FG Paid A “Huge Ransom” To Secure Release Of Dapchi Girls – UN Report

PH - August 17, 2018

A report submitted to the UN Security Council on Boko Haram and related terrorist organisations, on Tuesday, has said Nigeria paid “huge ransom” to secure the release…

Here’s the Video of Duncan Mighty and Davido That’s Got People Talking
Entertainment
70 views
Entertainment
70 views

Here’s the Video of Duncan Mighty and Davido That’s Got People Talking

PH - August 17, 2018

A video of Duncan Mighty and Davido is trending on social media. In the video shared via Instagram, Duncan Mighty is filmed taking a bow (and was…

FG Declares Public Holidays to Celebrate 2018 Eid-El-Kabir [See Date]
Best of Nigeria
72 views
Best of Nigeria
72 views

FG Declares Public Holidays to Celebrate 2018 Eid-El-Kabir [See Date]

MT - August 17, 2018

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir. The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman…

SEE Family Photos of Senate President Saraki, His Wife, And Their Beautiful Daughters
Entertainment
103 views
Entertainment
103 views

SEE Family Photos of Senate President Saraki, His Wife, And Their Beautiful Daughters

PH - August 17, 2018

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his wife Toyin Saraki, and their daughters look quite happy in new family photos recently released. Not many have been acquainted with the…

Why We’re Detaining Premium Times Journalist – Nigeria Police
Politics
92 views
Politics
92 views

Why We’re Detaining Premium Times Journalist – Nigeria Police

PH - August 17, 2018

The Nigeria Police yesterday shed more light on why it was investigating the Premium Times Security Sector reporter, Samuel Ogundipe. It said Ogundipe was being investigated and prosecuted for…

How To Stop SARS’ Brutality – Human Right Lawyer, Femi Falana
Politics
70 views
Politics
70 views

How To Stop SARS’ Brutality – Human Right Lawyer, Femi Falana

PH - August 17, 2018

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, has suggested ways to curb the excesses of police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Falana warned that the ongoing re-organisation…

How Nigerian Fintech Startup Mines Raised US$13m Series A Round
Business
71 views
Business
71 views

How Nigerian Fintech Startup Mines Raised US$13m Series A Round

PH - August 17, 2018

Nigerian fintech startup Mines, which builds digital credit products for underserved populations, has secured a US$13 million Series A funding round as it aims to expand into…

Check Out ‘The Near Completion’ Photos of the Alagbole-Yokoyo Flyover in Lagos
Politics
153 views
Politics
153 views

Check Out ‘The Near Completion’ Photos of the Alagbole-Yokoyo Flyover in Lagos

MT - August 16, 2018

he construction of the Alagbole-Odo-Yakoyo flyover commenced close to a decade ago. The flyover is intended to connect the Alagbole-Akute axis of Ogun state to Ojodu-Berger axis…

2 Nigerian Fintech Startups Raise Funding From Microtraction
Business
88 views
Business
88 views

2 Nigerian Fintech Startups Raise Funding From Microtraction

PH - August 16, 2018

Nigerian early-stage fund Microtraction has invested in two more fintech startups – Wallet.ng and Allpro – to grow its portfolio to four companies. Launched in July of…

Respected Nollywood Actress, Genevieve Nnaji Becomes Millionaire Real Estate Investor
Best of Nigeria
99 views
Best of Nigeria
99 views

Respected Nollywood Actress, Genevieve Nnaji Becomes Millionaire Real Estate Investor

MT - August 16, 2018

For those waiting to see Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji on the screen, we are sad to announce to you that the queen many not be coming back…

BORNO, The State With The Highest Number Of Childbirths Since 2013
Best of Nigeria
82 views
Best of Nigeria
82 views

BORNO, The State With The Highest Number Of Childbirths Since 2013

PH - August 16, 2018

Borno State is currently topping the charts for the highest number of birth registrations within the last five years — despite the nine-year-old Boko Haram-sponsored insurgency in…

Nigerians React as Duncan Mighty Prostrates to Davido in Port Harcourt
Entertainment
94 views
Entertainment
94 views

Nigerians React as Duncan Mighty Prostrates to Davido in Port Harcourt

MT - August 16, 2018

Popular Nigerian musician, Duncan Mighty, has come under fire as fans and other music lovers have reacted to a video showing him prostrating to David Adeleke, popularly known as…

Loading...