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The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has sanctioned Africa Independent Television, AIT, Arise Television, and Channels Television for what it described as a “gross violation of the broadcast code, top of which is the use of unverifiable online video footages on social media”.
The National Broadcasting Commission is the broadcast regulator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the regulatory commission had warned media houses in the country not to embarrass the government in the reportage of ENDSARS protests.
The warning was issued to the media shortly after the Lekki toll gate massacre of unarmed protesters, protesting against police brutality.
The Acting Director-General of the Commission, Armstrong Idachaba, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, said the sanction will be a fine not less than three million (3) Naira each, totalling over nine (9) million naira.
He warned that this will be the last warning before a heavier sanction will be introduced.
The DG also announced that DAAR Communications will be fined separately for using an unverifiable news item on the fire incident at the National Christian Centre.
The DG noted the retraction by the station but said that there must be consequences.
The responsibility of the Commission is also to receive, process and consider applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including cable television service, direct satellite broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting; radio and television stations owned, established or operated by the federal, state and local government; and stations run under private ownership.
More details of the Sanctions to follow.
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