Senate commences public hearing on controversial Social Media Bill

The Senate on Monday in Abuja commenced a public hearing on the controversial social media Bill sponsored by Senator Sani Musa representing Niger East.

The Bill titled, “A Bill for an Act to make provisions for the protection from internet falsehood and manipulations and for related matters, 2019,” passed the second reading of the Senate in November 2019.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan arrived at the venue at 11.30 am, which was followed by the rendition of the National Anthem.

The stakeholders who are present at the senate for the public hearing include Human rights activists, heads of media organizations, Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), including the Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), Mr Clement Nwankwo.

Others are the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo, Chief Executive Officers of Media Organizations, Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and Convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, among others.