Trust TV Fined N5 Million by NBC Over Documentary on Bandits

Osaretin Balogban

Television broadcasting network, Trust TV, has been fined N5 million by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over its broadcast of a documentary titled “Nigeria’s Banditry”.

The television network has been fined for broadcasting a documentary showcasing the activities of bandits, the documentary titled “Nigeria’s banditry – the inside story” which aired on the 5th of March, 2022.

The fine came after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, vowed to sanction both Trust TV and British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Africa, for airing documentaries showing the activities of bandits and terrorists in Nigeria.

See Also: BBC and Trust TV to Face Sanctions By Federal Government

The Minister condemned the documentaries saying NBC would sanction each media house respectively

NBC sent a letter through its Director General, Balarabe Sheshu Illela to the television Network, Trust TV, stating that its broadcast had infringed sections of the National Broadcasting Code and would therefore pay a fine of N5 million.

Speaking on the fine, the Management of Media Trust Group said: “The documentary traces the root of the communal tensions and systemic inadequacies which led to the armed conflict that is setting the stage for another grand humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. It presents insights into the intersection of injustice, ethnicity, and bad governance as drivers of the conflict.”

”It also aggregates voices of experts and key actors towards finding solutions, including those of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, who hails from one of the worst hit communities in Zamfara State.”

Source: The Nation

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