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SERAP Condemns Fines Imposed On Channels TV, AIT And Arise TV By NBC

The Socio – Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in a series of tweets on Monday condemned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for the fines imposed on three (3) major television stations who broadcasted the #EndSARS protest.

NBC had earlier announced fines on African Independence Television (AIT), Channels TV and Arise TV for what it called ‘Unprofessional Coverage’ of the #EndSARS protests and asked them to pay a fine of 3 million Naira each.

However, SERAP in the tweets condemned the fines and ordered NBC to withdraw the fines within 48 hours or get sued for intimidating independent media houses.

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“BREAKING: We condemn the illegal fines of N9m reportedly imposed by the National Broadcasting Commission on Channels TV, AIT and Arise TV [N3m each] over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests”, SERAP tweeted.

“We’ll sue NBC if the unconstitutional fines are not rescinded within 48 hours.”

“This action by the NBC is yet another example of Nigerian authorities’ push to silence independent media and voices. The NBC should drop the fines and uphold Nigerian constitution and international obligations to respect and protect freedom of expression and media freedom”.

“The fines are detrimental to freedom of expression and the media, and access to information in Nigeria, and the NBC must withdraw the decision”. 

“Media freedom and media plurality are a central part of the effective exercise of freedom of expression and access to information”.

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