Minister advises against hate speeches

Mr Prosper Bani,Interior MinisterHate speeches have the potential to plunge the country into anarchy if not stopped, the Interior Minister, Mr. Prosper Douglas Bani, has warned.

“Hate speeches are difficult to be withdrawn once people assimilate it after it has been spewed and must, therefore, not be encouraged,” he said.

Addressing the media in Ho as part of his working visit to the Volta Region to ascertain the security preparedness ahead of the December 7 elections, Mr. Bani said hate speeches were not in the interest of the country and should be stopped.

“Stop the hate speeches now. It leads to citizens hating each other. They must stop or the laws of the country will catch up with them, because they are not good for our democracy,” he advised.

The security agencies, he said, would zoom in on anyone or group of persons who would promote hate speech before, during and after the polls.

Such “unguarded” speeches, he warned have brewed hatred among communities resulting in the loss of thousands of lives, especially in Africa.

He said the media, as the gate keeper, had the utmost responsibility to ensure that their platforms are not used in promoting hate speech in any form or shape.

Mr. Bani reiterated government’s commitment to a free, fair, transparent, peaceful and an incident free election.


From Julius Yao Petetsi, Ho

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