The Federal Authorities says it can sanction the BBC and Belief Television for airing respective documentaries glorifying and fueling terrorism, banditry in Nigeria.
The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
Mohammed stated the Federal Authorities is conscious of the unprofessional documentary by the BBC, Africa Eye, the place interviews have been granted to bandit warlords and terror gangs, thereby selling terror within the nation.
He condemned the BBC for not upholding the identical requirements and tenets as they’d have executed within the UK.
The minister additionally condemned Belief Television, owned by Media Belief Ltd. for utilizing its platform to grant interviews to a bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb, thereby selling the actions of terrorists.
Based on him, each platforms by their actions have develop into accomplices to terrorists and bandits within the title of reporting.
The minister stated the suitable regulatory physique was already wanting on the infractions and acceptable sanctions can be meted out to each platforms.
“There’s a regulatory physique regulating broadcasting which is the Nigeria Broadcasting Fee (NBC) and they’re additionally conscious of those two incidents.
“They’re taking a look at which a part of the Broadcasting Code has been violated by the BBC and Belief TV.
“Media is the oxygen that terrorists and bandits use to breathe.
“When in any other case respected platforms like BBC can provide their platform to terrorists displaying their faces as if they’re Nollywood stars, it’s unlucky.
“I need to guarantee them that they won’t get away with it, acceptable sanctions will probably be meted to each the BBC and the Belief Television,’’ he stated.
The minister stated that the truth that the BBC is a international medium and never below NBC rules, however, sanctions will probably be meted to the medium.
“Let me guarantee you that they won’t get away with the bare glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
“If they don’t seem to be registered in Nigeria and they’re solely sending their alerts to Nigeria, we’ll ask them to cease sending the alerts.
“I do know that in the course of the IRA days, the BBC is not going to dare do what they’re doing now in Nigeria.
“It’s as a result of there’s a nation referred to as Nigeria that they’re working right here,’’ he stated.
The minister reiterated that the federal government wouldn’t tolerate any try by any media organisation to make use of its platform to set the nation on fireplace.