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BBC slams FG, promises to release more documentaries on insecurity

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has reacted to the federal government proposed sanction over claims that they aired documentaries glorifying and fueling terrorism, banditry in Nigeria.

Recalls that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) slammed a N5million fine on the multimedia wing of Media Trust Limited for its “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story”.

Also fined are Multichoice Nigeria Limited (DSTV owners), NTA-Startimes Limited, and Telcom Satellite Limited (TSTV) – N5million each.

The NBC said that the fine was imposed because the media entities aired documentaries on banditry and terrorism.

Reacting the development, BBC insiders said the Nigerian government wanted to hush the media, while also adding that they were trying to trivialize the magnitude of the security crisis that plagued the nation.

They averred that the Nigerian government was trying to force the media to underreport the extent of damage done by non-state actors (NSAs).

“We published another one (documentary), and will do more because it’s about the people suffering”, Daily Post quoted one of the sources as saying.

“They (government) did not impose a fine on us because they knew they could not do so.

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