Integration Summit Group-Nigeria (ISGN) has condemned the sanction of three television stations, Channels, AIT and Arise TV by the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) over what it termed as ‘use of unverified and unauthorized social media sources during the EndSARS protests’.
In a statement issued by the Convener of the organisation, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, he stated that it was unfortunate that NBC had alluded the level of damage that happened during the crises to the social media footages that was aired by the TV stations which they claimed, stimulated anger and heightened the violence witnessed during the protests.
“We are worried that NBC is towing a dangerous trend through this action to silence the voice of the people who genuinely sought for police reforms and an end to police brutality on Nigerians.
“We make bold to say that these footages were real reflections of the happenings across the country. What followed suit was a spontaneous reactions by Nigerians who have been on the receiving end.
“While we condemn the hijack of the genuine protest and widespread looting by hoodlums, we call on Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation to rescind the sanctions on the TV stations which we regard as an affront on freedom of Information.
“At ISG-N, we will be forced to test the law on the freedom of information Bill if these sanctions are not repealed”, he stated.