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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has reacted to the suspension slammed on Channels Television by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC had on Monday fined Channels TV N5million for allowing a leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without caution.

Reacting, NUJ, in a press release signed by its National President, Chris Isiguzo and forwarded to DAILY POST on Tuesday, called on NBC to exercise more restrain in dealing with perceived infringements by broadcast stations in the country.

The union described the fine imposed on Channels TV by the broadcast regulatory agency as outrageous and should be withdrawn immediately.

NUJ further called on media houses to be circumspect in their work so as not to play into the hands of overzealous politicians to destroy the nation’s democracy.

The press release partly said, “We are specifically disturbed by the recent threat to suspend the broadcast licence of Channels Television Station for hosting the Spokesperson of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in a live interview programme. The fine imposed on Channels TV is outrageous and should be withdrawn immediately.

“While we do not intend to join issues with NBC, we, however, caution that threats like this will only create unnecessary feuds in an already cracked society. At this very difficult time in the history of the country, what the nation needs more from the broadcast regulator is to create an avenue for more unfettered access by all Nigerians to independent and free media to engage with other stakeholders, even when it is to vent their anger and frustrations.

“It is pertinent, given recent sanctions on various broadcast stations by NBC that the NBC code is inimical to free speech and press freedom and should be amended to be compatible with international best practices.

“It is also instructive to note that no matter the perceived excesses of the media, they still are germane in the quest for genuine democracy and should be carefully nurtured and protected”.

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