Members of the Nigeria union of Journalists have called on media stakeholders to liaise with National and state legislatures to come up with laws that will check hate speech and media excesses, particularly in the social media.
The union members made the call at their National Conference held in Kano State.
The National President of NUJ, Mr. Abdulwaheed Odusile who read the conference communiqué tasked members of the union on the need for self-regulation stressing the need for the education of its members on the importance of self respect, discipline and justice.
Mr. Odusile while appealing to the Nation’s religious, political, traditional and other leader to lead by example and control themselves, and their followers against the use of the hate speech, also expressed appreciation to the Federal government for its directive to the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission to sanction any Radio or Television station that offers its platform for the promotion of hate speech.
The union further called for the resuscitation of the Nigeria Press Council to play its role while endorsing government’s steps to enforce the cyber-crime Act 2015 against defaulters stressing that the social media are the greatest promoters of hate speeches in the polity.