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General News of Friday, 29 July 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

FG to sanction BBC, Trust Tv for 'glorifying’ terrorism in documentary

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information says it will sanction the BBC and Trust TV for the recently aired documentary 'glorifying terrorism and banditry'.

Speaking to reporters in Abuja, the minister described the BBC documentary as "unprofessional".

The Africa Eye documentary that granted interviews to bandit warlords and terror gangs sought to uncover the root cause of terrorism and banditry in Northern Nigeria.

He condemned the BBC for not upholding the same standards and tenets as they would have done in the UK.

He also alleged that Trust Tv, owned by Media Trust Ltd, used its platform to interview a bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb.

He said the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was looking at which part of the Broadcasting Code was violated by the BBC and Trust TV.

“Media is the oxygen that terrorists and bandits use to breathe.

“When otherwise reputable platforms like BBC can give their platform to terrorists showing their faces as if they’re Nollywood stars, it’s unfortunate.

“I want to assure them that they’ll not get away with it, appropriate sanctions will be meted to both the BBC and the Trust Tv.

“Let me assure you that they’ll not get away with the naked glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.

“It’s because there’s a country called Nigeria that they’re operating here,’’ the minister said.

The management of Media Trust Limited said it would not react to the story as the company was yet to get any official complaint about the documentary.

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