The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Nigerian authorities to lift the ban on Jay FM radio station in the city of Jos in Plateau state and “stop trying to intimidate its staff”.
At the beginning of March, the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) instructed the privately owned Jay FM radio station to shut down indefinitely for alleged violations of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and National Broadcasting Commission Act.
The shutdown order, which followed questioning of three Jay FM staff by the department of state security, claimed that continued “inciting broadcasts” would “lead to [the] breakdown of law and order in the state”.
Angela Quintal, CPJ Africa program coordinator, said in a statement issued on Tuesday from New York: “Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator should immediately permit Jay FM to resume broadcasting and intelligence services should cease harassing journalists.
“Political broadcasts are not grounds for the complete shutdown of a news outlet.”
– African News Agency