BREAKING: NBC fines Daily Trust N5m over banditry documentary

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has imposed a fine of N5 million on Trust TV, an arm of Daily Trust Newspaper, over the broadcast of the documentary titled “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story”, which was aired by the station on the 5th of March, 2022.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the management of the broadcast station, in a statement on Wednesday, noted that the fine was communicated to the media firm in a letter signed by the NBC Director General, Balarabe Shehu Illela.

Authorities said the fine was imposed on Trust TV because its broadcast of the said documentary contravened sections of the National Broadcasting Code.

Last week, the Muhammadu Buhari administration had said the BBC News Africa and Daily Trust will face sanctions “for glorifying terrorists”.

BBC News Africa – like Daily Trust – released its documentary about banditry in Zamfara State in July. It is unclear what punishment was meted out to BBC.

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