Why We Suspended AIT, RayPower: FG

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 07- Amidst widespread criticisms of the government and clamour for press freedom in Nigeria, the Federal Government has stated why it suspended the broadcast licence of African Independent Television(AIT) and Raypower FM, media outfits belonging to Raymond Dokpesi, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic party(PDP).

National Broadcasting Commission in a statement seen by Today’s Echo, stated that it suspended AIT because some of its programmes such as Kakaaki and Political Platform, are being used to propagate inciting statements against the government.

The NBC on Thursday announced the suspension of the licences of the African Independent Television and Ray Power FM belonging to the Daar Communications Limited.

The NBC Director-General, Dr Modibbo Kawu, announced the development at a press briefing in Abuja, saying the Daar Communication Limited’s media houses’ shutdown was until further notice.

The offences listed by the NBC included the airing of a Presidential election documentary by the AIT, a matter pending before a tribunal, the inability of the company to pay its fees, the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the social media” among others.

See the NBC statement below:

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