The government of Nigeria on Thursday (28 July) said it will sanction the BBC and Trust TV for allegedly promoting terrorism and bandits in their reports.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, disclosed this during a media briefing in Abuja. In a documentary aired over the weekend, the BBC’s Africa Eye Programme exposed the bandits’ activities in Zamfara forests.
Mohammed said the government is aware of the unprofessional documentary by the BBC’s Africa Eye, where interviews were granted to bandit warlords and terror gangs, thereby promoting terror in the country.
Earlier, Trust TV had aired documentaries revealing the crimes committed by the bandits operating in Northwest and parts of Northcentral.
The minister also pointed out that the relevant federal regulatory body was already looking at the infractions and appropriate sanctions that would be meted to both platforms.
Mohammed said, “The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is aware of these two incidents. They are looking at which section of the Broadcasting Code was violated by BBC and Trust TV. Media is the oxygen that terrorists and bandits use to breathe.”
“I want to assure them that appropriate sanctions will be meted to both the BBC and the Trust TV.”
Mohammed also said though BBC is a foreign medium and not under NBC regulations, sanctions will be meted out to them.
“We can not let them get away with the naked glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria. If they are not registered in Nigeria and only send their signals to Nigeria, we will ask them to stop sending those signals.
Mohammed further stated that both platforms, by their actions, have become accomplices to terrorists and bandits in the name of reporting.