BBC and Trust TV to Face Sanctions By Federal Government

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Osaretin Balogban

The Federal Government has vouched to sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Trust TV for propagandising terrorism and banditry.

The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made the announcement on Thursday.

This announcement came after media houses, Trust TV and BBC Africa Eye aired documentaries showcasing the activities of bandits and terrorists.

Lai Mohammed reacted to the documentaries, calling the media houses unprofessional as they intended on promoting activities of terror and violence.

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He criticized the media house, Trust TV for interviewing bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb, saying the media outlet is promoting the acts of terrorists.

The Minister also condemned the BBC, saying they are being biased on the standards they set on Nigeria as they would not do such in the United Kingdom.

“There is a regulatory body regulating broadcasting which is the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and they are also aware of these two incidents.”

“They are looking at which part of the Broadcasting Code has been violated by the BBC and Trust TV.”

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

When otherwise reputable platforms like BBC can give their platform to terrorists showing their faces as if they are Nollywood stars, it is unfortunate.”

“I want to assure them that they will not get away with it, appropriate sanctions will be meted to both the BBC and the Trust Tv,’’ he said.”

On sanctioning the BBC, the Minister said: “Let me assure you that they will not get away with the naked glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.

“If they are not registered in Nigeria and they are only sending their signals to Nigeria, we will ask them to stop sending the signal.

“I know that during the IRA days, the BBC will not dare do what they are doing now in Nigeria.

“It is because there is a country called Nigeria that they are operating here.’’

Source: The Nation

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