The recent sanctions against some media organizations, following complaints by political parties, has been condemned by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The Commission’s Project Coordinator, Hilary Ogbonna disclosed the agency’s position on the sanctions at the review of its MOVE Project in Abuja on Monday.
Ogbonna explained that it was wrong, the speed with which sanctions were imposed on some television stations just five days after complaints were made through a petition.
He added that such quick action was capable of sending the wrong signal to the public and the international community, suggesting that thorough investigations were not carried out before the sanctions were slammed.
Ogbonna explained that the NHRC was not questioning the right of sister government agencies to carry out their statutory responsibilities but said caution should be exercised when petitions written by politically exposed persons are involved.
As the National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria, it is expedient to advise sister government agencies to promote human rights in the country rather than impede the rights of citizens, he said.
The NHCR Project Coordinator said due to the crucial roles played by the media, sanctions should be the last resort when it concerns the sector.
This is coming a few days after the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) slammed a fine of N5 million on Channels Television for allegedly breaking the broadcasting law in a programme with Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed, Labour Party Vice Presidential candidate.