Nigerian Parliament debates a 'copy' of Singapore's fake news law, triggering protests

Protesters hold placards and banners in front of Nigeria's National Assembly during a protest on the Hate Speech Bill and Social Media Bill in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov 27, 2019.
Protesters hold placards and banners in front of Nigeria's National Assembly during a protest on the Hate Speech Bill and Social Media Bill in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov 27, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Nigerian lawmakers have hit a snag in their efforts to pass a draft legislation that has been called a copy of Singapore's fake news law.

On Wednesday (Nov 27), the proposed law, titled the Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulation and Other Related Matters Bill, triggered protests in several Nigerian cities, including the capital, Abuja.

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