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NUJ slams NBC for ‘outrageous’ Nigeria Info fine

NEWSMAN , Abuja – The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the 5 million naira fine imposed by the National Broadcasting Organisation (NBC) on Nigeria Info Radio for an alleged hate speech.

The union while charging the NBC to withdraw the ‘outrageous’ fine imposed on Nigeria Info called on the Federal Government to end the impunity for all crimes against journalists and the media, lamenting that the fine is an act of impunity against the media. 

A statement by the National President of the union, Chris Isiguzo stated that, “for several years now, Nigeria has continued to record some of the highest levels of violence targeting journalists in the media. These statistics are unacceptable to the Nigeria Union of Journalists. We continue to advocate for measures on safety and security of Journalists and press freedom”

“The reckless decision to impose a fine on Media broadcast stations for perceived hate speeches contradict the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the safety of journalists which declare November 02 of each year as the international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists. Promoting the safety of journalists and media organisations and protecting media equipment will enhance transparent societies and keep citizens around the country well informed”, NUJ said. 

“Clamping down on the media is a sign of weak democracy and a restive government and it is instructive to note that a free and open press is part of the bedrock of democracy and development, and these should be encouraged and sustained”, the statement added. 

NUJ expressed its commitment to the campaigns against attacks and impunity on the press, noting that the union is commited to press freedom and the pursuit of justice and protection for Journalists in the country especially in this Covid 19 times. 

The union appealed to all stakeholders to join in the war against impunity on the press, imploring them to find better ways and means of dealing with hate speech and fake news.

It was earlier reported that the former CBN Deputy Governor Obadiah Mailafia had in an interview during “Morning Cross Fire”, a programme which airs on Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, claimed that some of the repentant Boko Haram militants confessed that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

The claim became controversial and led to the 5 million naira fine imposed by the NBC for the station violating some of the sections of its broadcasting code.

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