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Boom: Nigerian Government Budgets N104m To Fight Fake News, Hate Speech, Others

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The Federal Government has budgeted the sum of N104,532,705 for its fight against fake news, hate speech, banditry, and others.

Punch reports that the money was allocated in the 2022 appropriation budget presented to the National Assembly by President Buhari on Thursday, October 7.

According to the budget documents, N55,642,215 would be used for “special enlightenment campaign on government’s programmes and policies, testimonial series to gauge the impact of government policies on the citizenry.

”Advocacy against fake news, hate speech, Farmers- herders clashes, banditry, rape e.t.c”

The budget further stated that the sum of N48,890,490 would be used for “quarterly interaction with foreign media and PR lobby.”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had over time said that the country has constantly been in the war against perpetrators of fake news and hate speech.

The minister in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria had also stated that Nigeria had graduated from ordinary fake news to “deep” fake news which according to him was being used to wage war against the government and its officials.

He had also said that at the beginning, purveyors of deep fake news were largely unknown online publications, adding that it was, however, unfortunate that otherwise reputable publications and some mainstream media had joined the bandwagon while adding that citizens found guilty would be sanctioned.

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