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Kano to Review Censorship Board Law, Regulate Social Media

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In a bid to reduce social vices in society, the Kano State Government says it will review the state censorship board law to regulate the activities of social media handles in the state.

Musbahu Aminu Yakasai, the Information Officer of the state’s Ministry For Justice, in a statement on Saturday, said the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Haruna Isa Dederi made the disclosure when he received the Executive Secretary of Kano State Censorship Board on Friday in his office.

According to the statement, the Attorney General (AG) lamented how our society’s norms and values are being tampered with in some films and social media handles are bringing down people’s standard of behavior and diminishing the good cultural heritage of our forefathers.

Haruna Isa Dederi added that the major responsibility of the Kano State Censorship Board is to ensure that films and other literary productions are produced according to our religion, culture, and established law.

He then assured of the ministry’s full support and cooperation toward the review and amendment of the Kano State Censorship Board Law 2019 amendment.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Kano State Censorship Board, Alhaji Abba Almustapha said the visit is to seek the support and cooperation of the Attorney General towards reviewing the board’s 2019 amendment law.

He said misusing social media handles is becoming rampant in society hence the need for including them in the law like WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, and also Islamic singers in order to regulate the use of inciting words in their songs and other literary works.

Abba Almustapha added that printers, TV game centers, and Photo laboratories should also be included in the proposed amendment of the law, making it necessary for him to solicit the support of the Attorney General in that direction.

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