The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television, Arise Television and Africa Independent Television for what it termed “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests.
The acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, announced this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
The stations were fined N3 million each over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests and the crisis that followed it.
Idachaba said that if the commission escalates the violations that emanated from the misuse of social media sources by broadcasters and impose sanctions according to the provisions of the law, NBC can comfortably shut the stations down.
He said the stations’ offence was capable of leading to a breakdown of law and order, but the option of the fine will serve as a warning to the stations and others.
The NBC had last week warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.