- Trust Television Network (Trust TV) has been fined by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
- The commission said it imposed N5 million fine on the TV station because its broadcast of a documentary on banditry contravened sections of the broadcasting code
- Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, had earlier said Trust and BBC will face sanction over their documentary on terrorism and banditry in the country
FCT, Abuja - The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has imposed a fine of N5 million on Trust Television Network (Trust TV).
Legit.ng gathers that NBC explained in a letter the fine was imposed on Trust TV because its broadcast of the said documentary contravened sections of the National Broadcasting Code.
We are studying NBC's action: Trust TV reacts
Reacting to the development, the management of Media Trust Group, owners of Trust TV, said it is currently studying the commission’s action and weighing its options.
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The management, nevertheless, said it believes it acted "in the public interest by shedding light on the thorny issue of banditry and how it is affecting millions of citizens of our country."
“The documentary traces the root of the communal tensions and systemic inadequacies which led to the armed conflict that is setting the stage for another grand humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. It presents insights into the intersection of injustice, ethnicity and bad governance as drivers of the conflict.
"It also aggregates voices of experts and key actors towards finding solutions, including those of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, who hails from one the worst hit communities in Zamfara State," Trust TV stated.
It added that other experts who featured in the documentary include scholars like Professor Abubakar Saddique of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Dr. Murtala Ahmed Rufai of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, who have both studied the subject of banditry for a long period.
"The documentary also brought to the fore the horrifying stories of victims of banditry," the statement added.
Documentaries on terrorism and banditry: FG To sanction BBC, Trust TV
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government said it would sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Trust over their documentaries on terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed in Abuja, made the threat on Thursday, July 28.
Mohammed said the two media houses will be sanctioned for what it described as the “naked glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.”