SERAP asks NBC to lift ban on ra­dio sta­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye, La­gos

The So­cio-Economic Rights and Ac­count­abil­ity Project has urged the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Com­mis­sion to lift the ban on Jay FM 101.9 Jos.

It al­leged that the NBC’s ac­tion amounted to il­le­gal re­stric­tions on me­dia free­dom, the right to free­dom of opin­ion and ex­pres­sion and free in­for­ma­tion and ideas.

The NBC had ex­plained that it banned the sta­tion over vul­gar and in­de­cent lyrics in con­tra­ven­tion of the com­mis­sion’s reg­u­la­tions.

SERAP Deputy Di­rec­tor Ti­mothy Ade­wale, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, said vague rules on vul­gar­ity and in­de­cency should not be used to ban or fine in­de­pen­dent me­dia out­lets, par­tic­u­larly ra­dio and tele­vi­sion chan­nels.

He said the NBC’s ac­tion could cre­ate an un­cer­tain en­vi­ron­ment for ra­dio and tele­vi­sion sta­tions as well as me­dia pro­fes­sion­als in gen­eral .

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