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Osun govt. sets up committee to tackle fake news, cyber bullying

The Osun Government has set up a committee to tackle cyber crimes, cyberbullying, and online fake news in accordance with relevant provisions of the law.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kolapo Alimi, on Sunday in Osogbo.

Kolapo said that the setting up of the committee had become necessary to sanitise the governance space and ensure that politics and governance took place in an atmosphere of responsibility, decency, and honesty.

According to him, the increasing wave of fake news negatively affects both the government and the opposition.
The commissioner said it was high time all operators were brought within the confines of the law in the exercise of their rights, as guaranteed by the constitution.

Alimi, who stated that the committee was domiciled in the Ministry of Justice, said it had journalists and legal practitioners as members.

He said that part of the committee’s mandate was to ensure that fake news was nipped in the bud, irrespective of the perpetrators.

The commissioner said that the committee would apply relevant sections of the Cybercrime Act of 2015 as operational clauses to ensure that all stakeholders operated within the law in the exercise and enjoyment of their fundamental human rights.

Alimi, who expressed Gov. Ademola Adeleke’s commitment to the delivery of good governance, due process, rule of law, and fear of God, said that the committee would host its maiden meeting on Monday. (NAN)

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