Connect with us


Nigeria to sanction BBC, Trust TV over alleged ‘glorification’ of terrorism



The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Thursday the Federal Government would sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for allegedly fuelling terrorism with its reportage.

Mohammed, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, added that the broadcasting arm of Media Trust Limited, the publisher of Daily Trust Newspaper, Trust TV, would face a similar measure for granting interviews to a bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb.

He accused the media platforms of airing documentaries “glorifying and fueling terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.”

The minister added that BBC and Trust TV had become accomplices to terrorists and bandits in the name of reporting.

He slammed the BBC for failing to uphold the same standards and tenets applicable in the United Kingdom.

Mohammed said: “There is a regulatory body regulating broadcasting which is the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and they are also aware of these two incidents.

READ ALSO: Taliban adds German broadcaster, DW, to BBC, VOA on ban list

“They are looking at which part of the Broadcasting Code has been violated by the BBC and Trust TV.

“Media is the oxygen that terrorists and bandits use to breathe.

“When otherwise reputable platforms like BBC can give their platform to terrorists showing their faces as if they are Nollywood stars, it is unfortunate.

“I want to assure them that they will not get away with it, appropriate sanctions will be meted to both the BBC and the Trust TV.

“Let me assure you that they will not get away with the naked glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.”

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now