Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the warning to media houses to stop reporting terror attacks.
SERAP asked President Buhari to instruct the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to withdraw the directive.
The NBC had ordered Journalists, Television and Radio Stations to stop “glamourising and giving too many details on the nefarious activities of terrorists and kidnappers,” during their Daily Newspaper reviews.
A letter signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Mr Kolawole Oluwadare said the NBC’s action was entirely inconsistent with nigeria’s obligations under article 9 of the african charter on human and peoples’ rights and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The organization lamented that the NBC’s directive would impermissibly restrict the rights to freedom of expression, information, and victims’ right to justice and effective remedies that are central to public debate and accountability in a democratic society.