By Ayodele Oni, Akure
The national President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Mr Chris Isiguzo has described the five million naira fine imposed on a private radio station by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, (NBC) as a sign of Weak Democracy.
The NUJ President, in a statement called on the Federal Government to end the impunity for crimes against journalists and the Media.
“This fine is outrageous and an act of impunity against the media.
“It is disheartening to note that, for several years now, Nigeria has continued to record some of the highest levels of violence targeting journalists in the media.
“These are unacceptable to the Nigeria Union of Journalists. We continue to advocate for measures on safety and security of Journalists and press freedom.
“The reckless decision to impose a fine on Media broadcast stations for perceived hate speeches negates the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the safety of journalists which proclaimed November 02 of each year as the international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists.
“Promoting the safety of journalists and media organisations and protecting media equipment will enhance transparent societies and keep citizens around the country well informed.
“Clamping down on the media is a sign of weak democracy; government should note that a free and open press is part of the bedrock of democracy and development, and these should be encouraged and sustained.”
Mr Isiguzo called on stakeholders to join in the war against impunity on the press, and on the NBC to withdraw the offensive fine and engage stakeholders in finding better ways and means of dealing with hate speech and fake news.