The Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP) vows to sue the National Broadcasting Commission(NBC) if they fail to revoke their decision to fine Arise News, Channels Tv, and AIT news within 48hrs.
It was earlier announced that NBC placed a fine of 3m Each on Channels Tv, Arise News, and AIT for covering the EndSars protest. Well, SERAP has condemned the decision, as they say, violates the freedom of expression and access to information in Nigeria.
SERAP wrote, “BREAKING: We condemn the illegal fines of N9m reportedly imposed by the National Broadcasting Commission on Channels TV, AIT, and Arise TV [N3m each] over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests.”
“We’ll sue NBC if the unconstitutional fines are not rescinded within 48 hours.”
“This action by NBC is another example of Nigerian authorities’ push to silence independent media and voices. Should drop the fines and uphold the Nigerian constitution and international obligations to respect and protect freedom of expression and media freedom.”
“The fines are detrimental to freedom of expression and the media, and access to information in Nigeria, and must withdraw the decision.”
“Media freedom and media plurality are a central part of the effective exercise of freedom of expression and access to information.”
“The ability to practice journalism free from undue interference, to cover peaceful protests and criticaicriticisisis the exercise of many other rights and freedoms.”
“The media has a vital role to play as ‘public watchdog’ in imparting information of graveled inhibited or intimidated from playing that role.”
“NBC should stop targeting and intimidating independent media and voices,” SERAP wrote.