The Federal Government says it will sanction the BBC and Trust Tv for airing respective documentaries glorifying and fueling terrorism, banditry in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed announced this in an interview with some newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
Mohammed said the Federal Government is knowledgeable of the amateurish documentary by the BBC, Africa Eye, where interviews were granted to bandit warlords and terror gangs, thereby promoting terror in the country.
He condemned the BBC for not upholding the same standards and principles as they would have done in the UK.
The minister also denounced Trust Tv, owned by Media Trust Ltd. for using its platform to grant interview to a bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb, thereby promoting activities of terrorists.
According to him, both platforms by their actions have become accomplices to terrorists and bandits in the name of reporting.
The minister said the ethical regulatory body was already looking at the violations and appropriate penalties would be meted to both platforms.
“They are looking at which part of the Broadcasting Code that has been 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 are Nollywood stars, it is unfortunate.
“I want to assure them that they will not get away with it, appropriate sanctions will be meted to both the BBC and the Trust Tv,’’ he said.
The minister said that the fact that the BBC is a foreign medium and not under NBC regulations, notwithstanding, punishments will be meted to the medium.
“Let me assure you that they will not get away with the bare glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
“If they are not registered in Nigeria and they are only sending their signals to Nigeria, we will ask them to stop sending the signals.
“I know that during the IRA days, the BBC will not dare do what they are doing now in Nigeria.
“It is because there is a country called Nigeria that they are operating here,’’ he said.
The minister regurgitated that the government would not tolerate any attempt by any media organisation to use its platform to set the country on fire. (NAN)
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