The Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, has condemned the Bill presently being considered by the Senate entitled “Bill for an Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and Other Matters Connected Therewith” which seeks to abridge the rights of the citizens to freedom of speech

NPAN, in a statement issued yesterday signed by its president, Mr Nduka Obaigbena said: “The NPAN urges the National Assembly to cease and desist from considering or passing any laws seeking to abridge constitutionally  guaranteed free speech as such laws will not only be unconstitutional, they  undermine our system of democracy and the rights we all fought for.

“We cannot because of a few irritations on the social media seek to clamp down on the rights of citizens to freely hold and share opinion on any platform. We believe any untruths should be confronted by facts not laws, and indeed the Freedom of Information Act should be enhanced to promote more openness in governance.”

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