About 200 cases of hate speeches online reported in April - NGO reveals

About 200 cases of hate speeches online reported in April - NGO reveals

- The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has revealed that not less than 200 case of speeches were recorded online in April, 2018

- Sanusi Shazali Sulaiman, the assistant programme coordinator, said that this is better than what was recorded in March which saw 221 instatnces

- Sulaiman said the organisation will soon launch a pledge which political parties will sign to in order to indicate their willingness to adhere to the rule of abstaining from hate comments

Not less than 200 cases of hate and dangerous speech were seen online only for the month of April according to the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), backed by MacArthur Foundation.

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Sanusi Shazali Sulaiman, the assistant programme coordinator of the centre, revealed this to newsmen on Wednesday, May 16 in Kano, adding that this shows a decrease compared to the previous month which witnessed 221 cases, Daily Trust reports.

Sulaiman said: “The detailed analysis of these 200 reports indicated that ethnicity and religiously related hate speech occupied the highest percentage with 49.7 percent and 35.7 percent respectively.”

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Sulaiman remarked that CITAD, which monitors and counters hate and dangerous speech, would soon launch “No 2 Hate Speech” pledge to which political parties alongside their candidates will sign to indicate their desire to keep to the rule of against the use of inflammatory utterances.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that a bill prescribing death by hanging for any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person had received the first reading at the Senate.

NAIJ.com gathered that the bill, sponsored by the Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, sought the establishment of an independent national commission for hate speeches.

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