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Panelists discussing cybercrime laws and freedom of expression

  • The process was initiated at the ongoing Internet Freedom Forum (IFF) in Abuja,The founder of Paradigm Initiative, Gbenga Sesan, described the partnership as a means to enhance the combat against fake news towards and during the 2019 election.

    He also described the Dubawa project as a proactive one that ensures fake news do not become an excuse for internet shutdown.The IFF aims to bring to the fore global issues around internet rights especially in Africa.IWN brings you live updates of the second day of the event.

    10.15 a.m- Opening Session

    The second day of the Internet Freedom Forum started with a short session. Issues raised on Tuesday were reiterated and discussed further.

    Other issues raised were privacy policies, cybercrime and the lack of data protection agencies in Africa.

    11.30 a.m.- Tea Break

     Shortly after the session, participants went on a tea break.

    11.40 a.m – Breakout Sessions

    After the tea break, two sessions on cybercrime laws and freedom of expression commenced. The sessions were tagged: Protecting the rights of journalists and activists online; and Advancing human rights in the era of big data technology.

    11. 40 a.m. – Session on Cybercrime

    Two panelists, Lucy Freeman from Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) and Olumide Babalola, a Nigerian lawyer discussed cybercrime laws and freedom of expression, as well as protecting the rights of journalists and activists online.

    Ms Freeman, on freedom of expression online, said the internet is a place where the minority feels safe to express themselves, “therefore their rights need to be protected”.

    She said if the right to freedom of expression online is protected, “the rights of the minority are also being protected”.

    On how journalists can defend themselves while the fight for the reform of cybercrime laws is ongoing, Mr Babalola said it is easier to fight a bill before it becomes a law.



Source : IWN Online Editor

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