The Socio – Economic Rights And Accountability Project has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reverse the unconstitutional and illegal increase in ‘hate speech fine’ from N500,000 to N5m.
SERAP in a statement said, they will “fight to challenge this illegality in court to make sure that the fine doesn’t become another tool for repression.”
SERAP further stated that this “fine would further curtail freedom of expression and open the door for law enforcement officials to target critics. The fine fails to meet the standards of legality, necessity and proportionality in article 19(3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
“The Buhari government should be removing restrictions on freedom of expression, not imposing heavy fines that risk stifling critical public debate on important issues. The leadership of the National Assembly should publicly condemn this restriction on constitutional rights”
It was disclosed earlier by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that the Federal Government has increased the fine for ‘hate speech fine’ from N500,000 to N5m.