Like any other media outlet, Channels Television represents a feature of modern democracy: Freedom of expression. The National Broadcast Commission (NBC) took a swipe at the sacred landmark when it issued a query to the organisation.
The action drew the ire of the media establishment and lovers of free speech across the country. It also raised a spectre of discrimination by the NBC at a critical hour in Nigeria, with rise of religious and ethnic suspicions and recriminations.
The broadcast that precipitated the NBC threat of a hammer took place on April 25 at 7pm. The Channels anchor Seun Okinbaloye had interviewed Emma Powerful of the proscribed IPOB. Subsequently, NBC’s acting director Armstrong Idachaba wrote a letter to the station demanding an explanation for violating the NBC code.
The station obliged by writing an apology. That act of official contrition provided an irony for free speech in Nigeria. While the television station…