Channels TV, AIT, Arise TV to pay huge fine over #EndSARS protest coverage
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV N3 million each over their “unprofessional coverage” of the EndSARS protests and the crisis that followed it.
Acting Director-General of NBC Prof Armstrong Idachaba announced the sanction at a press conference in Abuja.
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.
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.
Idachaba further says 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.