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Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Tobbydhayor90: 6:19pm On Apr 26
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately reverse the arbitrary, unconstitutional and illegal decision to suspend Channels Television, and to impose a fine of N5 million on the station purportedly for breaching the broadcast code.”

According to reports, the Acting Director General of the Commission, NBC, Professor Armstrong Idachaba in a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television referred to Channels 7pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, 25th April, 2021, in which it accused the TV station of interviewing a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly without “caution or reprimand.”

But SERAP in a statement today by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said: “The suspension of Channels Television is unconstitutional, illegal, arbitrary, and without any legal basis whatsoever. The government and NBC should immediately lift the suspension and reverse the fine. We will pursue appropriate legal action if the arbitrary, unconstitutional and illegal suspension and fine are not reversed within 48 hours.”

SERAP said: “This action by the government and NBC is yet another example of Nigerian authorities’ push to silence independent media and voices. The government and NBC lift the suspension and uphold the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) and international obligations to respect and protect freedom of expression and media freedom.

The statement, read in part: “This is a new low in Nigeria’s protection of freedom of expression, and the ability of independent media to function in the country. The suspension of Channels Television is detrimental to media freedom, and access to information, and the Federal Government and NBC must immediately reverse the decision.”

“Media freedom and media plurality are a central part of the effective exercise of freedom of expression and access to information. The ability to practice journalism free from undue interference, to cover diverse views are crucial to the exercise of many other rights and freedoms.”

“The media has a vital role to play as ‘public watchdog' in imparting information of serious public concern and should not be inhibited or intimidated from playing that role. The Federal Government and NBC should stop targeting and intimidating independent media and voices.”

“The government of President Buhari has a responsibility to protect Nigerians’ rights to freedom of expression and access to information.”

“This suspension amounts to an arbitrary and unjust application of regulations against the media. International standards allow only official restrictions on the content of what the media can broadcast or print in extremely narrow circumstances.”

“Article 20 (2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Nigeria has ratified requires states to prohibit only advocacy that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. Restrictions must be clearly defined, specific, necessary, and proportionate to the threat to interest protected.”

“President Muhammadu Buhari should caution the NBC to stop intimidating and harassing independent media houses and to respect the Nigerian Constitution, and the country’s international human rights obligations, including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”
https://serap-nigeria.org/2021/04/26/lift-suspension-of-channels-tv-or-face-legal-action-serap-tells-fg/

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Enoch07: 6:21pm On Apr 26
na lie Mohammed una dey threaten? person way no dey hear word

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by iampeterben(m): 6:21pm On Apr 26
Gbam! SERAP has spoken let's see if the presidency or NBC can respect them.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Generation21st(f): 6:23pm On Apr 26
shocked

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Abdul05: 6:24pm On Apr 26
Here in Nigeria, you cann't win FGN in court.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Chimarto(f): 6:26pm On Apr 26
Abdul05:
You cann't win FGN in court
Gbam....take them to ICC

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by jlinkd78(m): 6:26pm On Apr 26
Noted
Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Kriss216: 6:27pm On Apr 26
iampeterben:
Gbam! SERAP has spoken let's see if the presidency or NBC can respect them.
You're funny.

Presidency wey no dey respect Law Court, na SERAP dey wan respect

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by nlreserve: 6:27pm On Apr 26
Abdul05:
You can't win FGN in court
Because the FG controls the judiciary. Normally, the judiciary is supposed to be independent but in Nigeria, anything goes.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Karlovych: 6:28pm On Apr 26
embarassed embarassed I can only blame the useless gworo chewing deranged dullard for this. He has completely destroyed the country

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Yankee101: 6:28pm On Apr 26
This organization is one of the few sensible ones in nigeria

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by uptimum123(m): 6:28pm On Apr 26
Body dey pain this people...if we check well now we go see say na Ipob members full that group.


Bunch of useless people

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by lonecatt(m): 6:30pm On Apr 26
Buhari hasn't learnt from his bad governance of 1984

Who has banned media channels from airing boko haram videos and threats to lives of people?

Ipob have the rights to be heard ,proscribed or not because they can still challenge the proscription in court.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by NwaNimo1(m): 6:31pm On Apr 26
SERAP.....Sharrap!

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Imsoblessed: 6:31pm On Apr 26
The federal government can never win channels television in court. The more they try to intimidate the media the more the people stop believing their own narrative on national issues.So ipob cannot defend themselves again after all the unproven aligations

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by helinues: 6:32pm On Apr 26
SERAP, Sharrap there

You do not give a proscribed group medium to spread their propaganda... Nah

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by SweetVibe: 6:34pm On Apr 26
nlreserve:
Because the FG controls the judiciary. Normally, the judiciary is supposed to be independent but in Nigeria, anything goes.
you people are just classically ignorant. Does FG not lose many court cases?

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by lonecatt(m): 6:35pm On Apr 26
helinues:
SERAP, Sharrap there

You do not give a proscribed group medium to spread their propaganda... Nah
but the same government have been negotiating with bandits and terrorists who display sophisticated weapons via media channels?

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by nlreserve: 6:35pm On Apr 26
SweetVibe:

you people are just classically ignorant. Does FG not lose many court cases?
FG choses which case to loose so as to continue to deceive ignoramus like you.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by helinues: 6:36pm On Apr 26
lonecatt:
but the same government have been negotiating with bandits and terrorists?

Are they proscribed? Even though not justifying that

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Sunnybay7: 6:38pm On Apr 26
This particular government just nailed them selves with the media war they started.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by lonecatt(m): 6:40pm On Apr 26
helinues:


Are they proscribed? Even though not justifying that
See question? No they are married to the government
So why is the army fighting them?

This government is firstly irresponsible and unfit to speak morally.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Jman24(m): 6:43pm On Apr 26
All these noise, just to divert attention from the pantami puzzle grin

Channels I know would never grant audience to IPOB normally, Emma powerful for that matter.
Come on!

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by iampeterben(m): 6:47pm On Apr 26
Kriss216:

You're funny.

Presidency wey no dey respect Law Court, na SERAP dey wan respect
My brother wetin you want make I talk?
Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by SweetVibe: 6:47pm On Apr 26
nlreserve:
FG choses which case to loose so as to continue to deceive ignoramus like you.
Oboy!!! your ignorance na first class oo.
All this small children with free opera mini data. las las God no go shame us

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by nlreserve: 6:49pm On Apr 26
SweetVibe:

Oboy!!! your ignorance na first class oo.
All this small children with free opera mini data. las las God no go shame us
Your ignorance cant let you know what is going on in Nigeria. Continue to sip kunu. Na u get ur mouth.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by mbaise1000: 6:51pm On Apr 26
wink
helinues:
SERAP, Sharrap there

You do not give a proscribed group medium to spread their propaganda... Nah

What of boko haram? Oh I forgot they are not terrorists according to nigeria and it's zombies,

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by anigbajumo(m): 6:52pm On Apr 26
Over 200 number of people killed and kidnapped in the last 7days, instead of FG to map out startegy to stop this nonsense of killings and kidnapping everywhere they are busy flexing muscles on media houses. It's unfortunate and unbelievable this is happening under a president that was once a former military Officer, the killing these days is disheartening. I just hope the little investors we ab won't pack out in coming months if their life is not guaranteed.

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by SweetVibe: 7:00pm On Apr 26
nlreserve:
Your ignorance cant let you know what is going on in Nigeria. Continue to sip kunu. Na u get ur mouth.
Abeg, shift make I see road.
Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by nlreserve: 7:06pm On Apr 26
SweetVibe:

Abeg, shift make I see road.
U get eye, u no fit see wetin dey happen under ur nose. Blind man

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Re: Lift Suspension Of Channels TV Or Face Legal Action, SERAP Tells FG by Vivonose: 8:09pm On Apr 26
I wish they can actually do something, unfortunately they can't

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