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Freedom of Misinformation: Balancing Fundamental Freedoms whilst curbing Misinformation in Nigeria

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Jonathan Odumeru

London school of Economics and Political Science, GB
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Master of Public Policy, Class of 2022, The London School of Economics and Political Science
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Abstract

This policy brief reviews the fraught relationship between the protection of Freedom of Expression (‘FOE’) online and curtailing the rapid growth and dissemination of misinformation, in the Nigerian socio- political context. This brief provides an overview of recent Nigerian government executive and legislative actions, whose stated objectives are to curtail misinformation, but whose impacts comprise impairments to FOE. The justifiability of these government interventions is analyzed in light of relevant social, legal, economic, and efficacy considerations. This paper advocate that strategic amendments to the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill (‘DRFB’), which is currently before Nigeria’s National Assembly can aid Nigeria in balancing the competing interests of protecting FOE and limiting disinformation. The feasibility of these recommendations is enhanced by the current political salience of online freedoms in Nigeria, and the fact that Nigeria’s two major political parties are currently engaged in their respective leadership contests, in advance of the February 2023 general elections.
How to Cite: Odumeru, J., 2022. Freedom of Misinformation: Balancing Fundamental Freedoms whilst curbing Misinformation in Nigeria. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 10(1).
Published on 20 Apr 2022.
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