27 C
Lagos

End SARS: NBC gets 48-hour ultimatum to withdraw fines slammed on Arise, AIT, Channels

Must Read

Nigeria Submits Ratified AfCFTA Agreement To AU

Nigeria has deposited a ratified document of the agreement establishing the AfCFTA with the African Union legal...

INEC Conducts Bye-Elections In Lagos, 10 Other States

Bye-elections are currently holding in 11 states across the country, covering six senatorial districts and nine state...

US Removes Visa Reciprocity Fees For Nigerian Applicants

The United States has removed the reciprocity fee imposed on visa applications for Nigerians.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned fines earlier imposed on channels TV, AIT and Arise Tv.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Monday said the stations broadcasted online photos and videos of the End SARS protests.

The government suggested that their actions fuelled violence across Nigeria.
Acting NBC Director-General Armstrong Idachaba, at a press conference in Abuja, accused the outfits of “unprofessional coverage” of the protests.

SERAP, in a statement by its Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, said the action is yet another example of Nigerian authorities’ push to silence independent media and voices.

“NBC should drop the fines and uphold the Nigerian constitution and international obligations to respect and protect freedom of expression and media freedom. We will sue NBC if the unconstitutional fines are not rescinded within 48 hours.

“This is a new low in Nigeria’s protection of freedom of expression and the ability of independent media to function in the country. The fines are detrimental to media freedom and access to information, and the NBC must immediately withdraw the decision.

“Media freedom and media plurality are a central part of the effective exercise of freedom of expression and access to information. The ability to practice journalism free from undue interference, to cover peaceful protests and critical views, are crucial to the exercise of many other rights and freedoms.

“The media has a vital role to play as ‘public watchdog’ in imparting information of serious public concern and should not be inhibited or intimidated from playing that role. The NBC should stop targeting and intimidating independent media and voices.”

SERAP asked President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the NBC to stop intimidating and harassing independent media houses.

The body said authorities must respect the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended] and the country’s international human rights obligations, including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

Nigeria Submits Ratified AfCFTA Agreement To AU

Nigeria has deposited a ratified document of the agreement establishing the AfCFTA with the African Union legal...

INEC Conducts Bye-Elections In Lagos, 10 Other States

Bye-elections are currently holding in 11 states across the country, covering six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies. While...

US Removes Visa Reciprocity Fees For Nigerian Applicants

The United States has removed the reciprocity fee imposed on visa applications for Nigerians. The development which took effect...

By-Election: Policemen Missing After Boat Capsizes In Bayelsa State

Some Policemen on By election duty are reported missing after a boat capsized in Bayelsa State. They were traveling...

Violence Breaks Out In Paris As Protest Against New Security Law Continues

Violence erupted in Paris on Saturday for the second consecutive weekend at a mass protest against a new security law, with demonstrators...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -