Monday, June 07, 2021

NBC to broadcast stations: Deactivate Twitter handles with immediate effect - ITREALMS

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The Federal Government has come again to fan the ongoing controversy has directed all broadcast stations in the country to deactivate Twitter across their platforms with immediate effect, reports 
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The Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Prof. Armstrong Idachaba in a personally signed press statement available to ITREALMS, directed all television and radio stations in the country to de-install Twitter and desist from using it as a source of news.

Part of the memo read:
“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.”

He quoted section 2(1) r of the NBC Act, which entrusts the commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations to back up his directive.

“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” he said.

He equally drew the broadcasters’ attention to section 5.6.3 of the code which requires them 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).

He said 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.”

Nigerians have been circumventing the ban through the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN), but on Saturday, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, 
threatened those still making use of Twitter with prosecution.

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