Amnesty International has condemned the suspension of Vision FM 92.1 Abuja’s programme ‘Idon Mikiya’ by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
A statement signed by the Amnesty International Director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, called on the Nigerian government to immediately lift the suspension of the programme and refrain from enforcing the fine.
He said, “clampdown on the media is an attack on freedom of expression.
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“The NBC as a regulator must uphold the rule of law and respect the responsibility of the media to discuss issues of public interest.
“Frequently slamming hefty fines on radio stations, suspending radio programs and ordering sealing of media premises for moderating discussions of public interest that serve the people, will undermine freedom of the press in Nigeria,” said Amnesty International.