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Human Rights Commission Cautions NBC over sanctioning of media houses

Written by on April 4, 2023

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC is, in a form of appeal, advising the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to apply caution when acting on petitions of political parties against media organizations.

Also, as part of efforts to strengthen public confidence in the media, the Nigerian Press Organization, NPO, the umbrella body for media practice in the country, has inaugurated the board of the National Media Complaints Commission, NMCC.

The NHRC’s appeal came against the backdrop of the sanction against Channels TV by the NBC after a petition was written against the news channel by one of APC’s Presidential Campaign Committee spokesperson for airing an interview with the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Datti Baba Ahmed that was allegedly inciting.

Channels TV was slammed a penalty of N5 million by the broadcast control body and further warned against airing any content that could incite the public to violence.

In order to strengthen the technical understanding of personal in training, the Nigerian Communication Commission has organised training on the use of Information and Communication Technology in modern warfare for cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy.

The move comes as part of NCC’s efforts to promote the integration of ICT into the military infrastructure of Nigeria and to enhance the capabilities of the country’s armed forces in the realm of modern warfare.

The Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC, Professor Umar Danbata, disclosed this when Officers Cadet of course 72 of the NDA, Department of Computer Science visited the commission in Abuja.

Danbata notes that no country or military institution should take electronics combat readiness for granted while instructing the Nigerian military to do more in that aspect.

According to him, the potential of Nigeria in terms of cyberspace warfare will be determined by the ideas put forth by the Cadets, adding that the wars could be fought and won in cyberspace without the physical combat readiness of troops.

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