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Nigerian TV stations told to curb reporting of security issues

Nigerian TV stations told to curb reporting of security issues

Redacted article courtesy of – The Guardian

Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator has told TV stations to limit their reporting of rising insecurity in the country and withhold details of incidents and victims, in a move widely criticised by the country’s media and civil society groups.

In a letter sent to the country’s broadcasters, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said TV stations should refrain from “giving details of either the security issues or victims of these security challenges”, and they should “collaborate with the government in dealing with the security challenges” by toning down reporting and commentary.

The letter, which was issued earlier this month but came to light in recent days, comes amid profound frustration around Nigeria at the scale of rising insecurity and fears that limited press freedoms are being eroded by the government.

Link to full article:    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/19/outcry-after-nigerian-tv-stations-told-to-curb-reporting-of-security-issues

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