Restore AIT/Ray Power licenses immediately, and follow due process. OPAN Tells NBC

Posted by News Express | 8 June 2019 | 438 times

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•OPAN President Austyn Ogannah

The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) has called on the
National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to restore the operational
licenses of African Independent Television (AIT)/Ray Power FM station
which it withdrew Thursday.

OPAN in a statement on Friday by its President, Austyn Ogannah, said
the NBC decision was wrong, draconian and capable of leading the
country towards autocratic rule.

According to OPAN, “The freedom of the press under a democratic rule
is sacrosanct. The NBC’s suspension of the operational licenses of
AIT/Ray Power is unrealistic, unjustifiable, draconian and did not
follow due process.

“The NBC needs to exercise its powers with restraint and shield itself
from political interference/control in the performance of its
regulatory functions. It is important that the regulator remains
completely independent otherwise it will not be able to satisfactorily
carry out its mandate.

“The closure of the broadcasting outfits is a serious blow to the
freedom of expression and citizen’s right to information. We therefore
condemn the closure of AIT/Ray Power and demand the restoration of
their operational licenses without further delay.”

Source: News Express

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