Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called on the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately lift the recent ban on Jay FM 101.9 Jos and songs such as Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’, Wande Coal’s ‘Iskaba’ and Olamide’s ‘See Mary, See Jesus’.
Few days back, it was reported that the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, fined a radio station in Jos 100, 000 Naira for playing Falz’ This is Nigeria song (read here).
NBC said the song is “laced with vulgar lyrics” and as such shouldn’t be played on the radio.
SERAP said the action by the NBC “amounts to illegal restrictions on media freedom, the right to freedom of opinion and expression and free information and ideas.”
SERAP in a statement signed by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, on Sunday, expressed “Concern about the censorship of the media and songs deemed ‘vulgar and indecent’ by the NBC, as such action risks undermining legitimate expression and independent voices. The NBC must immediately lift the ban on the radio station and rescind the arbitrary fine.”
The organization said, “The right to freedom of expression, information and ideas is applicable not only to comfortable, inoffensive or politically correct opinions, but also to ideas that offend, shock and disturb. The constant confrontation of ideas, even controversial ones, is a stepping stone to achieving a vibrant democratic society, transparency, accountability and respect for the rule of law.