- SERAP has given NBC a 48-hour ultimatum to reverse the fine imposed on Channels TV, Arise TV, AIT
- The group stated that if the N9 million fine was not rescinded, it would sue NBC
- Recall that the media houses were fined for flouting NBC's code of conduct
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been given a 48-hour ultimatum to reverse the N9 million fine imposed on Channels Television, Arise TV, and Africa Independent Television.
Legit.ng gathered that the directive was given by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Monday, October 26.
SERAP who made this known in a tweet shared on its official Twitter page said if the fine was not reversed it would sue NBC.
The transparency group condemned the fine imposed on the media houses, describing it as illegal.
The group asked NBC to drop the fines and uphold the Nigerian constitution and international obligations to respect and protect freedom of expression and media freedom.
Recall that the above-named media houses were sanctioned for using unverifiable online video footage from social media, regarded as a gross violation of broadcast code by NBC.
The decision of the broadcasting body was announced by its acting director-general, Armstrong Idachaba.
Idachaba said that the media houses will be fined about N2 million naira for violating the commission's code of conduct.
The acting boss of NBC said this is the first warning, adding that the second violation will be met with a heavier punishment.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that NBC warned that broadcast stations will face punitive actions over messages that insult the Nigerian president, governors, and other leaders.
The warning was issued in a letter to broadcast stations by Chibuike Ogwumike, zonal director of the NBC Lagos office.
The letter which was dated August 3, warned against insulting messages from guests during programmes.
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