Armstrong Idachaba, The acting Director-General of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability (SERAP), reveals the sanction on Africa Independent Television (AIT), Arise Television, and Channels Television by the National Broadcasting Station (NBC) over use of unconfirmed online video footages which is a violation of broadcast code.
Following the violation the TV stations have been fined the sum of N9m, the organization has threatened to sue the National Broadcasting Station (NBC) in the next 48hrs should it fail to annul the fine.
The television stations were reportedly accused of airing unconfirmed images of unproven shooting on peaceful #EndSARS protesters which took place at Lekki toll gate. The NBC also fined Channels Television, AIT, and Arise TV N3m each over the coverage. Read previous report here.
Reacting to the report on Twitter, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), condemned the sanctions and threatened to sue NBC if the fines, which they described as “illegal” are not annul within 48 hours.
The rights group also said the action taken by the NBC “is yet another example of Nigerian authorities’ push to silence independent media and voices”