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HATE SPEECH AND FAKE NEWS BILL: IMPLICATION ON THE NIGERIAN INDUSTRY AND THE SOCIETY AT LARGE

(Last Updated On: November 28, 2019)

BY UCHECHI OGBUEHI-DANIEL

The freedom of speech is an alienable right that is attached to humanity and as a result, media practitioners and a non-governmental organization for media professionals, have come together to have a robust conversation on the theme: Hate Speech and Fake News Bills: Implications for the Media Industry and the Society at Large.

The panelists debated the issue of hate speech and fake news bill after which they came up with suggestions on the way forward.

According to the most recent rankings by the World Health Organisation, Nigeria is 15th in the world on suicide rates. Suicide, also said to be the 2nd highest cause of death globally.

In the prevention of suicide, the roles of stakeholders cannot be underplayed, hence the theme of the 3rd annual work and emotional balance conference, “Preventing Suicide: Role of Stakeholders”.

The convener, Seun Dosunmu who spoke in the summit that leveraged on dialogues with mental health experts, mental health advocates and survivors of mental illnesses, emphasized the need for every individual as stakeholders, to strive to promote mental health enlightenment especially amongst young Nigerians, as he believes there are better ways to manage suicide ideations.

With statistics and facts, Charity Babatunde, in her lecture discussed the role of parents and educators, as key stakeholders in preventing suicide and ending the stigmatization of people with mental disabilities.

She insisted that attention has to be paid to the risk factors, as it is the starting point for suicide prevention.

An official as well from the Lagos State Ministry of health, Dr. Olugbenga Coker, talked about the government’s role in the prevention of suicide, as he stated that it has become important to have conversations, that will highlight the roles of stakeholders in this fight, to curb the menace as it is not solely just for the government.