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'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by naptu2: 1:29pm On Jul 12
Newspaper Headlines: Journalists take stand against controversial media bills

July 12, 2021. 07:55
by Ayodele Oluwafemi


A message from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) about the adverse effects of the controversial media bills in the national assembly dominated the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers.


https://www.thecable.ng/newspaper-headlines-journalists-take-stand-against-controversial-media-bills

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by naptu2: 1:30pm On Jul 12
NUJ, NGE, NPAN begin ‘Information Blackout’ campaign against anti-media bills

Published 2 hours ago on July 12, 2021
By Dachen Isaac


The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) have started a campaign tagged “Information Blackout,” to protest against two anti-media bills before the National Assembly.

The two bills are the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) Act Amendment Bill, and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act Amendment Bill.

The campaign which took off on Monday and carried on the front cover of all major newspapers in the country, is sponsored by the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO) which is the umbrella body of the NUJ, NGE and NPAN.

According to the groups, the Nigerian government and the various lawmakers want to use the bills to cage media practice in the country, and control the access and level of information made available to Nigerians.

The organisation had also objected to the bill during a public hearing on Thursday, July 8, organised by the House Committee on Information, Culture, Ethics and Values, and have now asked the lawmakers to drop the bills because of a pending court case.

It also stated that the bill, though on the surface seems targeted at the media, it is actually aimed at the “society’s right to know and be heard.”

The group added that Section 3 of the proposed bill would make the Nigerian media a department of the Federal Ministry of Information.

“A professional code of professional conduct for the media should never be subject of the approval of the ministry or any other political authority,” the group said in a communique.

“The provision of section 3 (d) constitutes a potential threat to press freedom and media survival as it does not provide for judicial intervention before highly punitive measures are handed down by the council and indeed could be used as a political weapon against the media.

“It is a matter that has been pending in court since 1999 but the first decisive ruling in the matter came in 2010 when the high court ruled that 17 out of the 39 clauses in the bill were unconstitutional.

“The federal government appealed and got a ruling in December 2010. That ruling was again appealed by the NPO and it is pending at the Supreme Court.

“Section 33 (3) and (4) does not give room for retraction and apology where a fake news is mistakenly published but recommends a blanket sanction of up to 10 million naira or closure for a period of one year or both,” the communique added.


https://www.ripplesnigeria.com/nuj-nge-npan-begin-information-blackout-campaign-against-anti-media-bills/

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by naptu2: 1:30pm On Jul 12
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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by J2381: 1:30pm On Jul 12
Well I'm not surprise. I've always known government, not just Nigeria but Africa at large don't like press freedom. It's one truth that has been staring at us right in the face.

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by naptu2: 1:37pm On Jul 12
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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by tutudesz: 1:39pm On Jul 12
They should reject all Political adverts and News coverage for one month if they are serious undecided
withdraw all reporters from the national assembly, house of assembly, presidency and governor office undecided Total media blackout for all Government activities

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Queenserah26(f): 1:54pm On Jul 12
Hmmmmmm!

How did we get here?

Gradually the rot is eating deep into the system.

Abnormalities are fast becoming the order of the day.

Which way Naija undecided

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by BarrSly: 1:54pm On Jul 12
Nigeria slowly rolling into a dictatorial system of govt... North Korea own go be childs play for where we dy.

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Felabrity: 1:54pm On Jul 12
Sai Buhari 2030 wink

Soon North korea tyranny will be child play compared to Nigeria

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Splitmind: 1:55pm On Jul 12
The media needs to be gagged for peace to reign in Nigeria, those who keep criticising the government are enemies of the state who must be dealt with.

Buhari has done a perfect job, anyone who says otherwise is an ingrate, a buffon or another lazy bastard southern youth.
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by HitRun(m): 1:55pm On Jul 12
Nice move
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Odunolumide(m): 1:55pm On Jul 12
I agree with their move but if they are to be more serious they should reject any political congratulations/felicitations or other secret big money offers (brown envelope) they also get.

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by money121(m): 1:55pm On Jul 12
Ok
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by oneble: 1:55pm On Jul 12
They are making everything possible to silence everyone... Quantinue

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Monogamy: 1:56pm On Jul 12
Have they presented the bill, debated on it already or this na speculation
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by November1857(m): 1:56pm On Jul 12
Is GEJ a prophet

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Nobody: 1:56pm On Jul 12

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Nobody: 1:56pm On Jul 12
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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Austineva2: 1:56pm On Jul 12
Very stupid and senseless government. A government for d cows. Tufiakwa

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by sevo(m): 1:56pm On Jul 12
It's just Sad and depressing...the level of impunity this useless govt is exhibiting

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by babyfaceafrica: 1:57pm On Jul 12
Nansense
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by CasNova: 1:59pm On Jul 12
It is unfortunate that a bill such as the media control bill would be introduced in a democratic government. Democracy thrives on freedom

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Thisis2raw(m): 2:00pm On Jul 12
What Buhari can not destroy, doesn't exist

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by optionalY09: 2:01pm On Jul 12
They are the problem, with their culture of taking kickback to publish untrue stories is what’s hunting them. The main street media in Nigeria have to change their ways, their cultures of laziness, corruption and deception is irritating and destructive

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by brownemmanuel43(m): 2:01pm On Jul 12
RIP to South Sultan and the strength for the family to bear the loss
Sometimes I just hate death, Mr. Death where ever u might be hiding, pls help us eradicate some elements in the govt that's where your services are needed.
Nigeria never had it bad like this before, every godamn day this useless govt keep on silencing the masses
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Thisis2raw(m): 2:01pm On Jul 12
optionalY09:
They are the problem, with their culture of taking kickback to publish untrue stories. It’s irrelevant for them to continue existing except they’ll change their cultures of laziness, corruption and deception
ok
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Thisis2raw(m): 2:01pm On Jul 12
optionalY09:
They are the problem, with their culture of taking kickback to publish untrue stories. It’s irrelevant for them to continue existing except they’ll change their cultures of laziness, corruption and deception
you said laziness. Please what do you do for a living Jacky?
Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by Homextras: 2:01pm On Jul 12
The sad thing is that the bill will be passed by the rubber stamp senate. It will take years for Nigerians to enjoy true democracy.
Any youth still hoping for change in this failed nation is not serious. The options before you is leaving the country for your own sanity or joining the bunch of failures to plunder what is left of the nation.

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Re: 'Information Blackout' Against Media Bills: Newspapers, NUJ, NGE, NPAN Protest by RZArecta(m): 2:03pm On Jul 12
What do you really expect from a dictatorship ? cool

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