Federal government denies plans to restrict press freedom through Social media regulation bill.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the recent move by the Federal Government concerning the regulation of the social media space from fake news and hate speech is not aimed at gagging the media.

Mohammed made this known when he received the National Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists -NUJ led by its President, Chris Isiguzo on a courtesy visit in Abuja.

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He said that the NUJ and other media professional bodies should reach out and engages the government, instead of rushing to the media to condemn the move to protect the integrity of the media.

The Information Minister urged media practitioners to lead in sanitizing the social media space because they will be the first victim when the people lose confidence in the media due to the reckless actions of non-journalists and purveyors of fake news and hate speech as the Social media regulation bill is also set at targeting such too.

President of NUJ, Chris Isiguzo in his speech underscored the importance of free, independent, vibrant and nationalistic press to good governance in a democracy.

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