The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCNPride )’s FM and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Gusau have been shut down by the Zamfara State Government for allegedly disobeying a court order and engaging in unethical journalism.
This information may be found in a statement made public on Saturday in Gusau by the commissioner for information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara.
Other media organizations, according to the commissioner, include the privately owned Gamji TV, Gamji FM, and Al umma TV.
The media outlets were shut down, according to Dosara, because they “violated their professional principles.”
They went to a demonstration put on by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, which the state government had earlier forbade for security grounds, he continued.
The PDP disobeyed the order and held a rally in Gusau, the state capital, where one person was killed and 18 others were injured, according to him. The state administration had halted all political activity in the state due to security concerns.
Dosara claimed that despite being aware of the state government’s ban on political gatherings, the media outlets attended the event to cover it.
According to him, the State Security Council approved the closure of the stations, and it is effective right away.
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He claims that the Commissioner of Police has been instructed to detain and prosecute any impacted station employees who are found to be in violation of the directive.
The owner of one of the impacted stations informed our correspondent that the Forum of Private Media Owners will convene and would then announce their opinion.
“I’m not the Forum chairman, and I don’t want to speak before our chairman. Therefore, our viewpoint will be made clear following the meeting,” he stated.