Hate Speech and Fake News in Conflict and Diversity Reporting in Nigeria

16 Pages Posted: 15 May 2024

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Cyprian Terhemba Gbasha

Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano

Date Written: April 5, 2024

Abstract

The paper, “Hate Speech and Fake News in Conflict and Diversity Reporting”, delved into the pressing issues of hate speech and fake news, particularly concerning conflict and diversity reporting. These issues are critical, as they have the potential to create divisions, incite violence and misguide public opinion. Drawing from secondary scholarly sources and practical examples, this study traced the historical emergence and implications of both hate speech and fake news. The paper emphasized the dangerous synergy when both are combined, it held that Nigeria, with its rich ethnic diversity and history of inter-group tensions, the role of the media is sometimes exacerbating. These tensions, whether through biased reporting or the spread of misinformation, is examined. Historical examples showcase how political campaigns and events have been polluted with hate speech and fake news, underscoring the importance of addressing these issues. The challenges faced in regulating hate speech and fake news are numerous. They range from concerns about infringing on freedom of expression to the rapid digital spread of misinformation. The paper concluded with recommended countermeasures, highlighting the combined roles of media literacy education, transparent journalism, fact-checking mechanisms, regulation and multi-stakeholder collaboration in fostering a more informed and harmonious society.

Keywords: Hate speech, fake news, conflict reporting and diversity reporting.

Suggested Citation

Gbasha, Cyprian Terhemba, Hate Speech and Fake News in Conflict and Diversity Reporting in Nigeria (April 5, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4785866 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4785866

Cyprian Terhemba Gbasha (Contact Author)

Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano ( email )

Nigeria

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