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FG To Sanction BBC, DailyTrust Over Documentary On Terrorism


The Federal Authorities has revealed that it’ll sanction the BBC and Belief Television (DailyTrust) over documentaries glorifying and fueling terrorism, banditry in Nigeria, in accordance with NAN.


The report said that the Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.


Mohammed mentioned the Federal Authorities is conscious of the unprofessional documentary by the BBC, Africa Eye, the place interviews had been granted to bandit warlords and terror gangs, thereby selling terror within the nation.


He condemned the BBC for not upholding the identical requirements and tenets as they might have finished within the UK.


The minister additionally condemned Belief Television, owned by Media Belief Ltd. for utilizing its platform to grant interviews to a bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb, thereby selling the actions of terrorists.


In response to him, each platforms by their actions have turn out to be accomplices to terrorists and bandits within the identify of reporting.


The minister mentioned the suitable regulatory physique was already trying on the infractions and applicable sanctions can be meted out to each platforms.


“There’s a regulatory physique regulating broadcasting which is the Nigeria Broadcasting Fee (NBC) and they’re additionally conscious of those two incidents.

“They’re which a part of the Broadcasting Code has been violated by the BBC and Belief TV.

“Media is the oxygen that terrorists and bandits use to breathe.

“When in any other case respected platforms like BBC can provide their platform to terrorists exhibiting their faces as if they’re Nollywood stars, it’s unlucky.

“I need to guarantee them that they won’t get away with it, applicable sanctions will probably be meted to each the BBC and the Belief Television,’’ he mentioned.

The minister mentioned that the truth that the BBC is a overseas medium and never below NBC rules, however, sanctions will probably be meted to the medium.

“Let me guarantee you that they won’t get away with the bare glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.

“If they aren’t registered in Nigeria and they’re solely sending their alerts to Nigeria, we’ll ask them to cease sending the alerts.

“I do know that throughout the IRA days, the BBC is not going to dare do what they’re doing now in Nigeria.

“It’s as a result of there’s a nation known as Nigeria that they’re working right here,’’ he mentioned.


The minister reiterated that the federal government wouldn’t tolerate any try by any media organisation to make use of its platform to set the nation on fireplace.


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