The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has responded to the conclusion of Daar Communications auxiliaries, AIT and RayPower FM, by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC.
Denouncing the conclusion, NUJ expressed that the “activity predicts grave threat for Free Press and Independent Media.” They additionally encouraged NBC to revive the stations inside 24-hours.
An announcement marked by the President of NUJ, Chris Isiguzo and association’s National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, peruses:
“The Nigeria Union of Journalists is frightened at the conclusion of AIT by the National Broadcasting Commission and trusts that the activity forecasts grave threat for Free Press and Independent Media.
“Independent and Pluralistic Media in a democracy like Nigeria serve to promote democracy by their dissemination of authentic information and ensuring transparency in governance.
“We condemn this closure over allegations of breach of 2004 Broadcasting Code and insist there are better ways of sanctioning media organisations that are found to have erred.
“It will be helpful if the NBC will immediately reopen AIT to ensure that they continue to promote debate and opinions on issues that are of societal, economic and political importance to the nation.
“We expect them to do the needful in 24-hours”.
AIT and RayPower FM were suspended on Thursday by NBC over charges of rupturing Broadcasting Code via airing troublesome and hostile substance.