Red Cross International trains journalists on humanitarian reporting

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has commenced training for journalists to enhance their skills in humanitarian reporting. Robin Waudo, the Communication Officer at ICRC, stated this at a  two-day workshop for media professionals on Wednesday in Kano. He said that the workshop was aimed at improving the reportorial skills of journalists, in reporting humanitarian issues in the region. Waudo said that ICRC has been active in bringing relief to victims of war and natural disasters across the world, through its policy of impartiality, neutrality and independence. He said that…

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Court extends order stopping Buhari, NBC from shutting down 53 broadcast stations

The Federal High Court, in Lagos, has extended its order stopping President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from revoking the licenses of 53 broadcast stations in the country and shutting down the stations for allegedly failing to renew their licenses. Recall that on 29 August 2022, Justice Akintayo Aluko, had granted an order of interim injunction following the hearing of an argument on motion exparte by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), and Nigerian Guild of Editors, (NGE). The order was granted pending the hearing of the Motion…

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Court stops Buhari, NBC from shutting down 53 broadcast stations

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday restrained President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from revoking the licenses of 53 broadcast stations in the country and shutting them down for allegedly failing to renew their operating licenses. The suit followed the decision by the NBC to revoke their expired licenses and shut down their operations within 24 hours and an alleged N2.6 billion debt. In an issued statement signed by the General Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Iyobosa Uwugiaren, and the Deputy Director of…

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‘Detractors using fake news, misinformation to aggravate insecurity’ – FG

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says insecurity in the country is exacerbated by fake news and misinformation. Mohammed said this during his speech yesterday, at a summit organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, (NIPR), titled: “Summit for National Integration, Peace and Security”. According to the minister, fake news and misinformation endanger the peace, security and development of any nation. His words: “Let me cite some recent instances of fake news and misinformation in this regard. On August 10, the Kaduna State Government had to debunk…

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SERAP, NGE sue Buhari, NBC over plan to revoke licence, shutdown 53 broadcast stations 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over “the arbitrary use of the NBC Act and broadcasting code to threaten, revoke and shut down 53 broadcast stations in the country for allegedly failing to renew their licenses”. Joined in the suit as Defendant is the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. Recall that the NBC had last week revoked the licenses of the 53 broadcast stations and threatened to shut…

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Just In! NBC suspends shutdown of 53 broadcast stations after IPI Nigeria’s intervention

The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), has suspended the revocation of the operating licenses of 52 Nigerian broadcast stations owing various sums in licensing fees. The suspension is following the intervention of the Nigerian chapter of the International Press Institute, (IPI). The NBC has now given the affected stations up to 6 pm on Tuesday, August 23, to pay up their debts. In revoking the licenses on Friday, the Commission had ordered the stations off air beginning this Saturday, citing Section 10(a) of the 3rd Schedule of the National Broadcasting Commission…

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NUJ reacts, blasts NBC over revocation of licenses of radio, TV stations

…Says action ‘hasty, ill-timed, ill-advised, reckless‘ The Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ), has described as hasty and ill-advised the decision taken and announced on Friday by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to revoke the licenses of 52 broadcast stations nationwide over-indebtedness to the Commission. Recall that the NBC, early yesterday announced that it had revoked the broadcast licences of Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM amongst others, over their failure to renew broadcast licences. The affected stations, according to NBC, are said to owe arrears of licence fees…

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Just In! NBC revokes Silverbird, AIT, Others, Broadcast Licences
…Orders immediate shutdown

The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), has revoked the broadcast licences of Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM, amongst others, over failure to renew their broadcast licences. According to an issued press statement by the NBC on Friday, it stated that the move followed the publication of a list of stations yet to renew their licences. According to the Commission, a two-week waiver was given to them in May to do so, after which they risked the revocation of their broadcast licences. But three months after the publication, NBC…

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‘BON Awards, huge brand exposure platform’ – Organisers

Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), the organisers of The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards (TNBA), have stated that the awards process and ceremony will be a huge brand exposure platform. Speaking during a television programme yesterday, TNBA Lead Consultant and CEO, Strategic Outcomes Ltd, Jenkins Alumona, said TNBA would provide sponsors with optimal exposure and credible affiliation. According to him, the awards night would be a spectacle of entertainment and celebration of broadcasting excellence, which will be broadcast live on over 300 BON member stations. “It’s a huge opportunity for people who…

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New NBC Broadcasting Code:  Cable TV operator lauds FG for efforts to end monopoly by DSTV, others

A pay television company, Metrodigital Limited, has lauded the Federal Government for ending the monopoly of cable television rights by major pay television companies in Nigeria. The company’s Managing Director, Ifeanyi Nwafor, gave the commendation at a news conference in Port Harcourt, on Friday. Nwafor said the Federal Government’s decision to outlaw the monopoly of television rights would promote competition, reduce the prices of subscriptions and create jobs for thousands of people in the country. “So, we are delighted, considering that in the past the market of broadcasting was foreclosed, as…

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