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Nigeria fines multichoice, others for news reports on banditry - statement

Nigeria has fined MultiChoice over its reporting of banditry. File photo.
Nigeria has fined MultiChoice over its reporting of banditry. File photo.
Image: 123RF/Marco Ciannarel

Nigeria's broadcast regulator has fined South African pay-TV group Multichoice and others 5 million naira (R201,382.32) each for airing a BBC report that it said "glorified the activities of bandits and undermines national security."

The National Broadcasting Commission said in a statement on Wednesday that the outlets had until August 30 to pay.

It also fined local channel Trust TV for its own report on banditry.

Armed criminals, known locally as bandits, have kidnapped thousands of Nigerians over the past two years. 


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