The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has kicked against the decision by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to revoke the licenses of 52 broadcast stations nationwide over-indebtedness to the commission.
In a statement by its National President, Chris Isiguzo, NUJ said the decision was hasty and came at the wrong time.
The statement read, “It should be noted that this wholesale revocation of licenses at this critical time of insecurity in the Country appears to be a decision taken without careful prior deliberation, consultation, or counsel.
“While we regret the inability of these broadcast stations to fulfill their obligations to NBC, in view of dwindling resources, we caution against such large-scale clampdown of broadcast stations in disregard to security issues and the attendant consequence. We cannot afford the unpleasant outcome of such a media blackout at this time.
He, therefore, implored the NBC to exercise more restraint on this issue in consideration of national security and allow for more dialogue and consultation to find a better way of dealing with the situation.