The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has announced fines for news outlets Channels Television, Arise Television and Africa Independent Television for use of unverified footage in coverage of the EndSARS protests.
The acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, made this known while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
This came on the back of NBC’s warning a week before for tv and radios stations to desist from covering the protests in a manner that might be harmful to the government or private individual or cause public unrest.
“The National Broadcasting Commission has sanctioned Africa Independent Television, AIT, Arise TV and Channels for what it calls, a gross violation of the broadcast code, top of which is the use of unverifiable online video footages on the social media,” AIT said also announcing it themselves.
Meanwhile most media houses were dragged during the onset of the protests for not covering the protest of enough.
Acting Director-General of the commission, Armstrong Idachaba, warned that further sanctions will be harsher and announced that the owners of AIT, DAAR Communications would be fined separately for alleged reports of a fire incident at the National Christian Centre.
The sanction according to Idachaba, will be a fine of not less than N2 million.
More details later to come