Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Why Buhari banned AIT from coverage - Aide

Media aide to the president-elect, Mallam Garba Shehu has affirmed that the ban on the activities of retired General Mohammadu Buhari by the Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Monday was based on ethical issues, reports ITRealms.

According to the Vanguard, the notice of the ban was communicated to AIT correspondent Tinabeso Bebei, who had gone to the Defence House to cover the visit of Cuban ambassador to the president-elect.

Mallam Shehu was also quoted as declaring, “AIT has been asked to stay aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.

“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter, but for now the station has been asked to stay aside, because like I said there are some family and security concerns. They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards.”

He also said that the government-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was not involved in the ban, saying the crew was at liberty to attend any official engagements of the President-elect.

It is largely believed that Buhari’s ban on AIT is based on sponsored hate documentaries and campaign messages played on the station prior to the March 28 presidential election in which he defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Buhari, who won the election on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has a record of cracking down on the media, even jailing journalists during his days as military Head of State from 1984 to 1985. 

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)  
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