Nigeria: BON Goes To Lock Horns With Regulator Over #EndSARS Broadcasts
The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) - the umbrella body for most public and privately owned broadcast stations in Nigeria - has expressed regret and disagreement with the actions taken by Nigeria's broadcast industry regulator - the National Broadcasting Commission's (NBC) - over the coverage of #EndSARS protests.
In a press statement, the Chairperson of BON, Hajia Sa'a Ibrahim said: "BON is again saddened at the recent sanctions issued by the National Broadcasting Commission to our members - Africa Independent Television, Channels TV and Arise TV."
Mrs Ibrahim goes further to say: "As citizens of Nigeria in a democratic system, we believe that applications of laws have its steps and procedures before reaching conclusions, and as such NBC ought to first and foremost issue a formal query to each of the stations involved and allow for a response before any before taking any action - which should also be guided by regulations. We strongly believe in democracy, where citizens and entities are given fair hearing and justice, peace and unity are preached and practised."
BON has therefore called on the NBC to immediately withdraw of the sanctions pending when the media stations are accorded the necessary, fair hearing under the tenets of equitable justices.