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Fake news: Osun inaugurates c’ttee on cyberbully law



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The government of Osun State has inducted a committee to enforce relevant provisions of cyberbullying law in a bid to tackle online fake news, among others.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) described Governor Ademola Adeleke’s move as an attempt to suppress voices of opposition and give way to dictatorship.

Kolapo Alimi, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, in a statement on Sunday, said an action committee to give effect to cyber crime and bullying has been set up and domiciled in the Ministry of Justice.

The statement read in part: “Increasing wave of fake news negatively affects both the government and the opposition and that it is high time all operators are brought within the compass of the law in exercising their rights as guaranteed by the constitution.

“The committee domiciled at the Ministry of Justice has as members journalists and legal practitioners, informing the public that the mandate is to ensure that fake news is nipped in the bud, no matter who the perpetrators are.

“The committee is to apply relevant sections of the Cybercrime Act of 2015 as operational clauses to ensure all stakeholders operate within the law in the exercise and enjoyment of their fundamental human rights.”

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