Twitter Ban Is An Attack On Freedom Of Speech – Kadaria Ahmed (Radio Now)

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executive director radio station, Kadaria Ahmed has described Federal ’s order directing stations to using as an infringement on its constitutionally guranteed right to freedom expression.

Radio Now says it is “not convinced a ban on , and a directive by NBC, barring broadcasting stations from using platform is right way”

The Lagos-based radio station, Radio Now 95.3FM faulted the recent directive from National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) television and radio stations deactivate their account.

The radio station launched 2020 also challenged the regulatory body to go back to the drawing table.

NBC had warned “it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter.”

“We believe this amounts to an attack on the and freedom speech, both which are guaranteed by the Constitution Nigeria,” a statement by the executive director of the radio station, Kadaria Ahmed, read.

Ms Ahmed noted section 39(1) guarantees freedom expression as a fundamental right.

“Section 22 of Nigeria’s constitution guarantees by stating that the press, radio, television, and agencies of the mass shall at all time be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained this chapter and uphold the and accountability of the to the people,” she added.

She explained that while the station will comply with the order, it will also engage with its lawyers on the legality of the order.

” We believe the notice by NBC goes against these laws. Radio Now will, under duress, comply with the directive of the commission while consulting with our lawyers on the legality of this directive.

“The advice we receive will determine our next steps. It is important to state that we too are dismayed at the direction our beloved nation is headed but while we recognise the of the to act where it sees a threat to the country, we believe such decisions must consider the implications for , our fragile democracy & the impact on livelihoods.

“Solutions that continue to give Nigerians the use of what has become a tool for freedom, that has democratised particularly for minorities and the most vulnerable in ; while also against hate speech are surely the way forward.

“Radio Now is not convinced a ban on Twitter, and a directive by NBC, barring broadcasting stations from using the platform is the right way. We urge the government to go back and engage with , many of whom abound in the country, on how to fight hate speech, misinformation and disinformation while respecting and upholding rights that are fundamental in a democracy.”