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Cybersecurity law threatens free press in Nigeria

Journalists and Media Owners have been called to mobilise support for proper definition of section 24, and 25, of cyber crime law, identified as threat to free press and practice of journalism in the country.

Participants at this year’s Internet Freedom Forum made the call in Abuja.

Also, Legal activists submitted that good number Journalists were facing prosecution as a result of clause 24 and 25 of the cyber crime were on the increase.

A Lagos based Legal Practitioner, Mr Olumide Babalola and a counterpart in United Kingdom, Mr. Michael Moss said though the law was a welcome development, recent happening had exposed the law as tool in the hand of the mighty to muzzle the press.

They call on civil societies to rise up as the clause in the law in question lacked clarity.

A Digital Communication expert, Mr Hassan Abdul pointed out that, it was high time journalists and its affiliates unions waked up to the reality, stressing that press was the oxygen of democracy.

The special assistant to President  Buhari on Digital Media Mr Tolu Ogunlesi canvassed for synergy among stakeholders to address what appeared as a threat to free press in the country.

Mr Ogunlesi called for measures that would make media more accountable for its broadcast and publications.

Timothy Bamidele

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