Anti-polio vaccination radio show suspended

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The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission on Friday placed a suspension order on a programme, “Sanda Girma” on Wazobia FM in Kano.

The suspension was announced in a press statement issued on Friday and signed by the commission’s Head of Public Affairs, Malam Awwalu Salihu.

It explained that the action resulted from a violation of Section 3.9.1 of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code, which prohibits the use of language encouraging crime or disorder.

The statement also advised the station to suspend the presenter of the programme, Mr Fagge, from any other programme of the station until the issues were resolved.

It explained that the action was in line with the special objective of broadcasting in Nigeria, to impartially disseminate news and opinions that were of public interest..

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“The commission also wishes to remind broadcasting houses that the code requires them to recognise that they exercise freedom of expression as agents of society, not for personal or sectional rights”.

It also urged all broadcasters to continue to provide efficient, professional and comprehensive service to the people based on national objectives and aspirations.

The programme was blamed for the killing of 10 polio health workers in Kano last week.

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