The National Broadcasting Commission has failed to explain the reasons why the federal government concluded that viral videos of the #End SARS peaceful protests were all fake and photoshopped.
Armstrong Idachaba, the acting Director-General of NBC, could not make any explanations when he was questioned on Wednesday at Arise TV.
The Arise TV interviewer had queried him on tools used for the verification, but the NBC boss had no clue.
Idachaba reminded the NBC boss that reputable international organizations ascertained that the videos were not doctored.
Idachaba, a Professor of Mass Communications, while responding, answered evasively.
“The onus is on the broadcaster to verify, to authenticate; it’s not on the regulator”, he said.
Recall that three broadcast stations were on October 26 sanctioned, barely a week after the Lekki shooting by the federal government.
They include Channels, AIT, Arise TV and were accused of broadcasting fake online photos and videos of the #EndSARS protests.
Announcing the N3 million fine against each station, Idachaba had claimed the footages aired fuelled violence across Nigeria.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is challenging the action in court.
“Broadcasters ‘Were Reckless’ in Coverage of #EndSARS Protests” – Acting DG, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Addresses Sanctions
— ARISE News Feed (@ARISEtv) November 11, 2020
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