Saturday , July 24 2021

SERAP gives Buhari govt. 24 hours to withdraw order on reporting of terrorist attacks.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to use his leadership position to urgently instruct Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, and the National Broadcasting Commission to withdraw the directive containing a gag order banning journalists and broadcast stations from reporting details of terrorist attacks and victims across the country.
 
In a letter signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said the contents of the directive by the NBC to journalists and broadcast stations are entirely inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s obligations under article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
 
The organization expressed concern that the contents of the NBC directive would impermissibly restrict the rights to freedom of expression, information, and victims’ right to justice and effective remedies that are central to public debate and accountability in a democratic society.
 
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