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BREAKING: NBC Fines Arise TV, Others for Broadcasting EndSARS Protests

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Arise TV, Channels Television and the Africa Independent Television for what has been termed “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests.

The Acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba announced this development at a Press Conference in Abuja on Monday, 26th October, 2020.

He said that if the commission escalates the violations that emanated from the misuse of social media sources by broadcasters, sanctions according to the provisions of the law, NBC can comfortably shut the stations down.

Idachaba said the stations’ offence was capable of leading to a breakdown of law and order but the option of the fine will serve as a warning to the stations and others

BREAKING: NBC Fines Arise TV, Others for Broadcasting EndSARS Protests

The Acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba

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The broadcasting commission last week warned all radio and television stations against any form of reportage of the peaceful #EndSARS protests in any manner which could embarrass the government, private individuals or incite panic, cause disaffection or rift in the society.

The fine is reported to be N3 million each amounting to a total of N9 Million for all three TV stations.

The report has received widespread criticism on social media and has also been condemned by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) who have threatened to sue the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) if the decision is not rescinded within the next 48 hours.

The organisation, in a Twitter postsaid: BREAKING: We Condemn the illegal fines of N9m reportedly imposed by the National Broadcasting Commission on Channels TV, AIT and Arse TV [N3m each] over the coverage of the #EndSARS protests. We’ll sue the NBC if the unconstitutional fines are not rescinded within 48 hours.

 

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