The Muhammadu Buhari regime is subtly transferring to sanction a media group, Channels Television, and arrest a few of its journalists over current interviews aired by the platform that are thought of to be anti-government.
SaharaReporters discovered that by the National Broadcasting Commission, the Buhari authorities is ready to wield the ‘big stick’ in opposition to the tv station.
“Buhari attacks Section 39(1) of the constitution – the government plans to shut Channels TV and arrest pressmen. In a dangerous regression to Decree Number 4, the Buhari Government, using NBC, has ordered the closure of Channels TV and also ordered the arrest of the station’s journalists for interviewing Governor Ortom who brought up the story of Buhari Fulanisation agenda, and a guest who revealed that people who are high up in the Buhari government are sponsors of Boko Haram,” a prime supply revealed.
“The government did not refute facts advanced by the guest, Commodore Kunle Olawunmi (retd.), that the government has the names of sponsors linked to the conviction of Boko Haram sponsors in the United Arab Emirates.
“Rather than provide a concrete refutation, the government is trying to gag the media by attacking the constitutional rights of the media and the journalist to practice their profession unfettered,” the supply added.
Another supply aware of the order said that the Buhari authorities had issued a directive to the NBC to sanction Channels TV for airing the 2 “unpleasant” interviews.
“Channels TV license is to be suspended by the Federal Government over the interview of Governor Ortom and retired naval personnel. There is also an order for the arrest of journalist Chamberlain and his colleagues, who are anchors of the program.
“They are to be brought to Abuja tomorrow,” the supply said.
This will not be the primary time the NBC would droop media organizations underneath the repressive Buhari regime.
In 2019, the fee suspended Daar Communication’s AIT within the warmth of the run-off to the 2019 normal elections for being too crucial of the Federal Government.
Also in April 2021, NBC suspended Channels Television for airing an Indigenous People Of Biafra interview.
NBC had stated the IPOB spokesperson made derogatory and deceptive statements in regards to the Nigerian Army.
According to the fee, airing the interview breached the published code. The NBC slammed a high-quality on the broadcasting firm to the tune of N5million.