#EndSARS: NBC sanctions ChannelsTV, AriseTV, AIT for irresponsible coverage

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The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC) has sanctioned Channels Television, Arise Television, African Independent Television (AIT) for irresponsible coverage of #EndSARS protests across States.

This was disclosed in a statement titled “Coverage of Crisis and Responsibility” signed by the acting Director General of the commission, Prof Armstrong Idachaba on Monday 26th.

The statement partly reads:

“The Commission has therefore sanctioned Arise TV, Channels TV and AIT in line with the provisions of the broadcasting Code. This is to serve as deterrent to broadcasters who deliberately ignore to verify stories before they broadcast”.

Stressing the reason for the sanction, the commission stated that “Channels Television, Arise TV and AIT especially continued to transmit
Footages obtained from unverified and unauthenticated Social media sources. No doubt these pictures stimulated anger and heightened the violence that was witnessed during the crisis”.

The commission said its action is “In line with the provisions of section 5.6.9 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code which states that; “the broadcaster shall be held liable for any breach of the Code emanation from the use of material from User Generated Sources”. The Commission has therefore sanctioned Arise TV, Channels TV and AIT in line with the provisions of the broadcasting Code. This is to serve as deterrent to broadcasters who deliberately ignore to verify stories before they broadcast”.

The commission urged “broadcasters to always ensure that when they use UGC and Social media Sources, they must ensure their veracity and authenticity”.