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Terror attacks: SERAP gives FG 24 hours to withdraw order against media reports

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Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) has despatched an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the warning to media homes to cease reporting terror assaults.

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SERAP informed Buhari to instruct Lai Mohammed, Minister of Info and the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) to withdraw the directive.

The NBC had ordered journalists, tv and radio stations to cease “glamourising and giving too many particulars on the nefarious actions of terrorists and kidnappers,” throughout their each day newspaper opinions.

A letter dated 17 July, 2021, by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare mentioned the NBC’s motion was totally inconsistent with Nigeria’s obligations beneath article 9 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights and article 19 of the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“We might be grateful if the repressive directive is withdrawn inside 24 hours of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If now we have not heard from you by then, the SERAP shall take all applicable authorized actions within the public curiosity.”

The group lamented that the NBC’s directive would impermissibly limit the rights to freedom of expression, data, and victims’ proper to justice and efficient cures which might be central to public debate and accountability in a democratic society.

SERAP famous that stories and publications on the rising violence and killings in lots of elements of the nation is a matter of public curiosity.

The letter mentioned the specter of fines and different punishment, would have a disproportionate chilling impact on the work of these in search of to carry the federal government accountable to the general public.

The rights group mentioned the imprecise definitions of ‘too many particulars’, ‘glamourising’, ‘divisive rhetoric’, and ‘safety points’ additionally elevate concern that the NBC’s directive unduly interferes with the rights to freedom of expression and data.

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