‘APC can express view in state media’
From Joseph Asegba, Yola
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamawa State chapter has expressed concern over the nonchalant attitude of the state-owned media on not airing their views on issues affecting the state.
Contained in a statement from Muhammad Abdullahi, the State Publicity Secretary; the party said as a registered political one, it deserves nothing less.
“We have observed with great concern in the past few months the inability of some media houses in the state to accord us the right to reply and write to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) seeking clarification,” the statement said.
In its part, the NBC said the right of reply is guaranteed to any person or body with a genuine claim of misrepresentation and without cost.
Abdullahi said that the NBC’s letter, the APC did not specify the radio and television stations based in the state that failed to give them such rights on some of the accusations leveled against them.
NBC reminded the political party that complaints received after 14 days as specified in section 14.2.2 shall not be entertained by the commission.
It disclosed that the format are, name of the broadcaster, title of the programme, date and time of the broadcast, essence of the complaint or observation such as absence of fairness, obscurity or technical shortcomings.
According to NBC, the complainants should also give the name, address, telephone number and or email and signature of the complainants.
Signing the reply, the Zonal Director of NBC, Musa Muhammad Birniwa gave the elaborate dos and don’ts of NBC on which they would be followed accordingly.