Lekki shooting: Fine on AIT, Arise, Channels over End SARS draconian – Group writes NBC

Lekki shooting: Fine on AIT, Arise, Channels over End SARS draconian – Group writes NBC

Concerned Nigerians, a human rights and pro-democracy group, has written to the Director-General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC over the illegal and unconstitutional sanctions of Arise TV, AIT and Channels TV for covering the End SARS protests.

The acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, had announced at a press conference in Abuja that the agency had fined Arise Television, Africa Independent Television and Channels Television, for what he referred to as unprofessional coverage of the End SARS protests.

The agency had at the peak of the End SARS agitation warned all television and radio stations against reporting the protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.

However, the group in a letter to the acting NBC DG signed by its convener, Deji Adeyanju said, the action of Idachaba to impose fines on the media platforms was Draconian, unwarranted and anti-democratic.

Ikimat Salawu Yusuff

Ikimat is an author, a creative writer, a teacher, a public speaker and a mentor for teenage girls.

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