NBC Fines Arise TV For Airing Fake INEC News on Bola Tinubu
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned Arise Television for broadcasting false information about the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
The sanction was contained in a letter dated November 13, 2022, and addressed to the station’s management.
The letter, signed by the Commission’s Director-General, stated that the station violated the broadcasting code by airing a statement purportedly signed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (NEC).
The commission noted that Arise TV committed the infraction, despite its recent sensitization program for the broadcasters.
The station was fined, following a protest letter to NBC by the Special Adviser, Media, Communications and Public Affairs, APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Mr. Dele Alake.
The station had used a statement purportedly signed by INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye that Tinubu was being investigated.
Arise TV apologized on Sunday, November 13, after reporting that the Independent National Broadcasting Commission was investigating Tinubu over alleged criminal forfeiture of money on offenses bordering on narcotics and illicit dr*ugs. INEC, however, reacted, stating the doctored statement quoted by the media house did not originate from the electoral body.
Alake, who spoke on a News Central Television, said: said: The station’s apology was not enough, adding: “Apology does not remove the injury to our candidate. It is flippant and does not sound genuine.”
He added: “When you make a mistake as fundamental as what Arise did, you must show remorse. You must genuinely and sincerely apologize. And your apology must be comprehensive and robust to elicit acceptance. “Professionals like Arise should not play dirty politics; Arise is not contesting in this election”.