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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has demanded that the directive by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) warning journalists and broadcast stations against ‘glamourising’ details on terrorism activities be withdrawn. This demand was contained in a series of tweets made by SERAP using its official Twitter handle on Sunday. SERAP stated that reports on terrorist attacks as a matter of public interest. The organization also stated that the directive, coupled with the likelihood of...

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ABUJA — The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered Television and Radio stations in Nigeria to desist from revealing “details” of the activities of bandits, terrorists and kidnappers in their reports. A statement by the commission on Friday titled, ‘Newspaper Reviews And Current Affairs Programmes: A Need For Caution’,  signed by the Director, Broadcast Monitoring, Francisca Aiyetan, on behalf of the Director-General of the Commission, Balarabe Ilelah. Part of the statement read “Headlines of most...

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LAGOS — Many Nigerian newspapers on Monday published a campaign against media regulation bills that is under consideration at the National Assembly. The campaign appeared on the front pages of Nigerian dailies such as Punch, Vanguard, The Nation, ThisDay, Guardian, Daily Sun. it was championed by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria. The campaign which carried bold headline titled, “Information Blackout”, posited that the...

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ABUJA — The common definition of democracy is that it is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. However, the federal House of Assembly has been strongly criticized since it took over the affairs of the country for its approach to freedom of speech, information, and expression in the country. The criticism was because the legislature had read bills that were in one way or the other meant to suppress...

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ABUJA — The common definition of democracy is that it is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. However, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) led government has been strongly criticized since it took over the affairs of the country for its approach to freedom of speech and expression in the country. The criticism was because the ruling party-led legislature had read bills that were in one way or the...

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LAGOS — A bill prohibiting the media parade of suspects by the Lagos police command has been passed by the state assembly. The bill was passed during the Monday sitting, presided by the deputy speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni. The bill is an amendment of the Lagos State Criminal Justice Law and if assented will end the media parade of suspects in Lagos. Section 9(a) of the bill says, “of the newly passed bill, “as from the...

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ABUJA — The presidency has said the move to amend the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) act is free of President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal interest or influence. Femi Adesina, senior adviser to the president on media and publicity indicated this on Wednesday while addressing questions from the state house correspondents in Abuja. He also noted that the proposed amendment is a federal government initiative, and as such, only the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed,...

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Balarabe Shehu Ilelah as the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, made the announcement in a statement on Friday. The appointment of Ilelah, a veteran broadcaster, is for a tenure of five years in the first instance. Ilelah takes over from the Acting DG, Armstrong Idachaba, whose stint saw the sanction of media houses at different times. Under Idachaba, the NBC slammed a...

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KANO — “The 2021 Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Biennial Convention, with the theme “The Media in COVID-19 Era: Challenges and Opportunities,” was held in Kano. Speaking at the event Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the event was an opportunity to look into national development as it relates to media practice. “If and only if we as a nation are interested in peace and harmony, we must reject hate propaganda machinery. In the main, this is a...

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OWERRI — The Imo council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has demanded full investigation into Monday’s arrest of newspaper vendors and distributors in Owerri by security operatives. The council’s request is contained in a statement in Owerri, co-signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Chris Akaronye and Juliet Dim. It decried the “gestapo” manner the arrest was carried out, allegedly by the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police. It stated that its...

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