BREAKING: NBC Orders all TV and Radio stations to deactivate their Twitter account immediately!

BREAKING: NBC Orders all TV and Radio stations to deactivate their Twitter account immediately!

It has been reported that The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered that all broadcasting stations in Nigeria should suspend the usage of Twitter.

This was said in a statement given by its Director General, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday morning.

Mr Idachaba said television and radio stations are advised to deactivate their twitter handles and “desist from using twitter as a source  of information gathering for News and programmes presentation.

This is coming just after the federal government’s ban on Twitter activities in Nigeria.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, announced a ban on the activities of this platform on Friday after Twitter deleted a controversial post by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Lai Mohammed also ordered the NBC to “immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”

Nigerians have been denied access to Twitter and can only access it by bypassing domain restrictions through alternative platforms.

The suspension is sequel to Twitter’s sanction after Mr Buhari’s controversial tweet about the civil war which some Nigerian users flagged and Twitter said violated its rules.

The government, in its response, accused the platform of bias against President Buhari and “undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”.

Although the ban is temporary, says the presidency. Human rights groups and foreign organisations have been calling for a reversal of the suspension.

Read statement below from Prof Armstrong Idachaba

 SUSPEND TWITTER HANDLES

  • Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.
  • In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de- install twitter handles and desist from using twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially Phone-in.
  • Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations. Also, section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than Crime and Anarchy.
  • Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user generated Content (UGC).
  • Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict compliance is enjoined.” 

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