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FG TO SANCTION BBC, TRUST TV OVER TERRORISM GLORIFICATION

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that it will sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Trust Tv for airing documentaries glorifying and fueling terrorism, and banditry in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

The Government, through the Minister, described the BBC documentary titled “Africa Eye” where interviews were granted to bandit warlords and terror gangs as unprofessional, thereby promoting terror in the country.

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The BBC was condemned for not upholding the same standards and tenets as they would have done in the UK.

Similarly, Trust Tv, owned by Media Trust Ltd. was denounced for using its platform to grant interviews to a bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb.

This, according to the Government, also promotes the activities of terrorists.

Lai Mohammed noted that the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is aware of both incidents and appropriate sanctions would be meted out to them.

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“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.

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The Minister reiterated that the government would not tolerate any attempt by any media organisation to use its platform to set the country on fire.

 

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