Okorocha Cries Out Over Activities Of New Media

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The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has cried out lamenting the activities of some online media which he described as cyber stocking and blackmailing to extort money from unsuspecting citizens, adding that anarchies now masquerade as democrats, “activism is not rascality.”

Mr. Okorocha who spoke Friday at the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigerian (OMPAN), national convention held at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri, represented by the state Commissioner for Information, Nnamdi Obiaraeri, said “when you own an online platform, it is not for you to cyber stock people and do all those kind of blackmailing things to get money out from people. The damage you can do is enormous.”

The governor while insisting that the National body of OMPAN should take its members on legal execution, maintained that the execution should bother on the working of the cybercrime Act 2015, “because there is a law that regulates what you do, what you must not publish and how you must not publish, because if you are not prepared to play by the rules, you cannot exist in a civilized community.

“Freedom after speech is the real freedom of speech. For any freedom you have to pay something. Good number of online media practitioners now pay prizes for some unfounded publications. Freedom of speech is not a lascivious weasel to lampoon the integrity of others. You must do developmental journalism and interface because part of what we must do is that you must recognize that the website or that blog that you are hosting is been read in Australia.”

Okorocha admonished OMPAN to draw strength from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), which have regulatory bodies backed by law from the National Assembly (NASS), stressing that information already published cannot be retrieved, “once you make any update, be sure that it must be a responsible update that will encourage the Nigerian socio- economic development”.

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