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Nigeria Fines Broadcasters For Airing BBC Documentary Which "Undermines National Security”

Nigeria Fines Broadcasters For Airing BBC Documentary Which

Nigeria’s broadcast regulator has fined four broadcasters, including Multichoice Nigeria Ltd, 5m naira ($12 000; £9,800) each for airing a BBC documentary on the activities of bandit gangs in north-western Nigeria.

The National Broadcasting Commission said the documentary “glorified the activities of bandits and undermines national security” and contravened the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

Earlier on, the BBC said “the story is overwhelmingly in the public interest” and that “it stands by its journalism”.

The other broadcasters fined include TelCom Satellite Limited (TSTV), NTA-Startimes Limited and Trust Television Network (Trust TV).

All outlets have until the 30th of August to pay the fine. NBC said in a statement:

The Commission wishes to seize this opportunity to advise broadcasters to be circumspect and deliberate in the choice and carriage of contents deleterious to Nigeria’s national security.

The Daily Trust quoted its management as saying:

We wish to state unequivocally that as a television station, we believe we were acting in the public interest by shedding light on the thorny issue of banditry.

Reuters reports that armed criminals, known locally as bandits, have kidnapped thousands of Nigerians over the past two years.

Nigeria has a presidential election in February in which deteriorating security nationwide could play a prominent role.

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12 Comments

Kong 2 months ago

That part of Africa ihondo dzega dzega


Revelation 2 months ago

BBC and UK government funding those bandits like how they funded Paul kagame bandits


Ghost protocol 2 months ago

Bravo @Gwedu at least you have function of yo brains that works independently not programed cheesecake brains.Zanupf mentality chasheed,erwa pa rally ndichocho

Jinn 2 months ago

I can tell from what you said that you are a Zanoid

Swiss 2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Ini pano handitaure kwandisina kuswera. Unorara nejombo pano

mwenewazvo 2 months ago

😂😂😂😂😂 ndaseka zvekuseka zviya,nhaiwe Gwedu.

Gwedu 2 months ago

Thank you for your conspiracy theory, next bring us verified theories with tounchable assumptions together with evidence. Not everything points to blame the west, ..Hutu and Tutsis civil war maybe if you we to blame Belgium, Biafra war in Nigeria then blame Britain but at the same time put more emphasis on the kakistocratic regimes of Africa as catalyst for that in all your theories. Iyi yekugara pasi oemu mango moudzwa nyaya Moda kuti nyebera pano zvigume

Chimgondiya 2 months ago

Watched the doccies. Haa kwakaipa ku Zamfara state


Chikumba 2 months ago

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Westwood Global Energy Group, a renowned UK-based global energy think-tank, also listed wells in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique among key drivers of oil exploration activity in the continent in 2022.

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