The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined three major broadcast stations over their “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests and the civil unrest that followed it.
According to online reports, the regulators on Monday issued Channels Television, Arise Television and Africa Independent Television a fine between N2 million and N3 million.
Professor Armstrong Idachaba, the acting NBC Director-General, who announced the sanction at an Abuja press conference accused the media houses of airing unverified images of the alleged Lekki shooting.
He said that if the commission escalates the violations that emanated from the misuse of social media sources by broadcasters, sanctions according to the provisions of the law, NBC can comfortably shut the stations down, Guardian reports.
Idachaba added that the stations’ offence was capable of leading to a breakdown of law and order but the option of the fine will serve as a warning to the stations and others.
The NBC had last week warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.
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The protest, which began on a peaceful note, however turned violent, with many states recording massive destructions and looting of public and private properties.
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