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Falana: Twitter Ban a Rehearsal of FG’s Plan to Gag Media

Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, on Friday said the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to suspend Microblogging platform, Twitter is a sign that the president has suspended Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution.

The Senior Advocate stated this during an with Punch on the decision of the federal government to ban the social media platform.

Falana added that the suspension of Twitter is also at variance with the Freedom of Information Act which seeks to expand information and access to it.

He noted that the Buhari governor would soon ban international news networks like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera.

Falana said, “This act has confirmed the suspension of Chapter IV of the constitution. Very soon, Nigerians will be restricted to NTA and the FRCN as the only source of information. Media like Channels TV and others have been fined for embarrassing the government and they may be proscribed soon.

“The decision of the NBC to impose fines on media houses based on an illegally amended code of the Broadcasting Code. It is a rehearsal of the imminent proscription of local media organisations that publish anything considered defamatory or seditious by the government.

“With what has happened to Twitter, other media houses like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera will also be suspended.”

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