Nigerian Guild of Editors condemns fine imposed on some broadcast outfits for airing documentary on banditry.
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The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, wants the National Broadcasting Commission, to rescind the fine imposed on some broadcast outfits for airing a documentary on banditry.
In an address at the opening of a two-day workshop in Lagos, the President of the Guild, Mr. Mustapha Issa, said the NBC’s decision was unfair and unprofessional.
Mr. Issa called on the media to practice good corporate governance to remain in business especially in the era of media convergence.
On regulation of the broadcast industry, Mr. Issa said the federal government was unduly restricting the broadcast media space, saying that the TV stations recently fined by the National Broadcasting Commission for broadcasting a documentary on activities of bandits only exposed the truth.
Similarly, the Director, International Press Centre, Lagos, Mr Lanre Arogundade said there was no way the media could shy away from reporting banditry even though the government found it offensive.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Lanre Idowu said digitalization had come to stay and it was important for media houses to embrace it or become moribund.
He said the media must answer critical questions about how digital platforms had affected journalism and how the industry could successfully flow with the tide without infringing on ethics and regulations.
Declaring the workshop open, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said he shared in the sentiment of the editors that the government was infringing on press freedom and called on editors to ensure that they uphold the tenets of good corporate governance and self regulation.
The workshop has as its theme, “Journalism and Digitalization: The Imperative of Good Corporate Governance.”
Participants include the FRCN Deputy Director of News and Current Affairs in Lagos, Mr. Fred Shaka-Braimah and the Deputy Director of New Media, Ms. Julie Ekong.