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Are social network discussions ever off limits?

Alicia Trujillo Alicia Trujillo | 10:30 UK time, Thursday, 25 March 2010

An Islamic court in Nigeria has banned a human rights group from using Facebook and Twitter, to discuss the country's first amputation for theft.
"We condemn the ruling and reject it. We think it is a violation of our freedom of expression," says Shehu Sani the Civil Rights Congress president.

Shehu Sani says "We opened the blog on Facebook and Twitter chats 10 days ago to serve as a platform for which Nigerians could air their opinions on Sharia law as a whole and the justification or otherwise of the amputation of the hand of Malam Buba Bello Jangebe. ".

The Association of Muslim Brotherhood of Nigeria, brought the case to the court say that debating the use of amputation as means of punishment for petty crimes mock the Sharia system.

This is the first time a court in Nigeria has tried to interfere in the freedom of inter-action and activities of people online. It is not clear how the restraining order would be enforced.

So is it possible to stop people having this kind of discussions online?

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