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Fines won’t end insecurity in Nigeria – Northern media owners to FG

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The Northern Broadcast Media Owners Association (NBMOA) has advised the Federal Government to extend a hand of friendship to the media.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) fined Trust TV N5million for its documentary, “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story”.

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Multichoice Nigeria Limited (DStv owners), NTA-Startimes Limited, and Telcom Satellite Limited (TSTV) were also fined N5million each for airing BBC’s “The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara”.

In a statement on Saturday, NBMOA Acting Chairman Abdullahi Yelwa stressed that fines would not end the insecurity in Nigeria.

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The association urged the NBC to rescind the decision and build synergy between the media and government.

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Yelwa said the Trust TV documentary was judged to be balanced, fair, and ethical, “even though the NBC deemed it to have glorified banditry and breached national security”.

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He noted that an objective review of the film would reveal “the depth, ingenuity, patriotism and professionalism of its producers”.

“Security challenges currently confronting the nation require a new strategy. This, we believe, was what the producers of the programme attempted to do.”

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The statement added that the “positive takeaways, if property harnessed by all concerned, would go a long way in aiding our understanding of the ecosystem of banditry in Nigeria”.

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Fines won’t end insecurity in Nigeria – Northern media owners to FG

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