The Federal Government says the sanctions imposed on some broadcast media stations in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests were justified and that the affected stations already paid their fines.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a media briefing on the #EndSARS protest and its aftermaths.
The minister said that two of the stations paid their fines in full, while the third paid a part of the fine, with an appeal for time to pay the balance.
Mohammed stressed that the fines imposed on the stations by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) were not only justified but that the NBC was indeed lenient.
“In the aftermath of the EndSARS crisis, NBC fined three broadcast stations for using unverified and dangerous information from social media.
“Commentators, many of whom didn’t even know why the NBC imposed the fine, rushed to allege an attempt to stifle free speech.
“Unknown to them, the stations themselves knew that they breached the Broadcast Code.
“It is sad to see the traditional media jettisoning the age-long gate-keeping process and instead rushing to rely on the free-wheeling social media, devoid of any gatekeeping, for news,’’ he said.
The minister also said it was imperative for the traditional media to authenticate the information from social media or from any source, for that matter, before publishing or broadcasting the same.
He condemned the emerging trend in which traditional media freely used materials from social media sources without taking the pains to verify their authenticity.
“This is a dangerous trend that must be curbed, in the interest of media practitioners themselves, the profession and indeed the country,’’ he said.
Mohammed said if NBC had wielded the big stick during the protest, some broadcast media organisations would have faced more severe sanctions than mere fines.
Chief Sir Chris Iguh Opens Windows Of Praises On His Beloved Wife As She Turns 60
It began In august 1987, at a wedding in Dallas, when I saw a very beautiful damsel. She caught my eyes, and took my mind away. I was not able to think anymore, until l got back home to Kansas City, then I realized that I have found my missing rib. There was no way to contact her, but the thought of her was consistently in my mind.
Still thinking of her beauty, her elegance, her physique, and adorable smiles, I swore to make the impertuative love permanent. She is beautiful inside and outside. The thought of her alone made me to pack my things, and moved to Dallas to the amazement of all my friends.
As I got to Dallas, the rest became history, and my missing rib was found after all. Please ladies and gentlemen, help me to wish a hearty and thunderous happy 60th birthday to this wonderful, virtuous woman. She is the matriarch of my home, the mother of my four children, my soulmate , a radiant beauty and above all, the love of my life.
A highly renowned entrepreneur and the Lady I am proud to call my friend, Lady Dr. Bene U. Iguh, MBA, Bsc. RN, MD. Consultant, Nigerian Medical Association. Diplomat, American Academy of Family Physicians.
Signed: Chief Sir Chris Iguh
Ozowulu Ezumezu Nimo
FROM CHRYSORA MEDIA COMMUNITY, WE WISH YOU Lady Dr. Bene U. Iguh, MBA, Bsc. RN, MD. Consultant, Nigerian Medical Association A THUNDEROUS HAPPY BIRTHDAY. JUST KEEP BREATHING WE LOVE YOU
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Villain Hugh Keays-Byrne Dies At 73
Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the main antagonist “Immortan Joe” in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, has died. He was 73.
Keays-Byrne’s death was announced by Brian Trenchard-Smith, who directed Keays-Byrne in the 1975 film “The Man From Hong Kong” (also known as The Dragon Flies). Trenchard-Smith said the actor died on Tuesday in hospital: “I am sad to report that our friend Hugh Keays-Byrne passed away in hospital yesterday.”
“Hugh had a generous heart, offering a helping hand to people in need, or a place to stay to a homeless teenager. He cared about social justice and preserving the environment long before these issues became fashionable. His life was governed by his sense of the oneness of humanity. We will miss his example and his friendship,” Trenchard-Smith added.
Keays-Byrne was born in India to British parents. He was schooled in England and began his career as a stage actor. As a theatre-trained actor, he had parts in Royal Shakespeare Company productions including As You Like It, The Balcony, Doctor Faustus, Hamlet, King Lear, The Man of Mode, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest or The Enchanted Island, and Troilus and Cressida.
His first television acting job was in Britain in the programme Boy Meets Girl in 1967. He went to Australia with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973 with Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and remained in Australia when the tour ended. In 1974, he acted in the TV show Essington, which was followed by big screen roles in films such as Stone (1974), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Trespassers (1976) and Snapshot (1979).
After acting in the TV drama The Death Train in 1978, Keays-Byrne garnered the role that he was best known for outside Australia: the violent gang leader “Toecutter” in the apocalyptic science fiction film Mad Max (1979).
Keays-Byrne returned to the Mad Max franchise in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, as the main villain Immortan Joe. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning 6, and Keays-Byrne was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.
Reno Omokri Blasts Northerners Attacking Davido For Silence On Borno Killings
Reno Omokri Blasts Northerners Attacking Davido For Not Speaking Up Against #ZambarmariMassacre
Reno Omokri has taken to his Instagram page to tackle Nigerians from Nothern Nigeria who came online to bash Davido for not speaking against the Zambarmari massacre, IgbereTV reports.
Over 40 farmers were slaughtered by Boko Haram members in Borno state last weekend.
Northerners took to Twitter to bash the singer for not speaking against the attack.
Reacting to the bashing Davido received, Reno Omokri asked the Northerners to leave Davido alone. According to him, the singer isn’t their problem.
His post reads:
”Leave @Davido alone. His job is to make the world a happier place. And he is exceptionally good at it. If you guys harass General @MuhammaduBuhari the way you have harassed this young man this year (we remember #EndSARS), perhaps #ZabarmariMassacre and other killings would not have happened! Think about this:
* Senate President
* Chief Justice
* Chief or Staff
* Secretary to the Government
* Minister of Defence
* Chief of Army Staff
* Chief of Air Staff
* Police IG
* Heads of DMI, DSS, NIA, NIS, NCS, NPS
All from the NORTH. Yet the North is still not safe! Is that Davido’s fault?”
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