And The #Buhari Media Censorship Has Started: AIT First Victim But Who Is Next?

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buhari pressAnd the Buhari media censorship has started … and early …

“Staff of Africa Independent Television, AIT, have been barred from covering all activities of the President-elect, Gen. Buhari until issues bordering on ethics and standards against them have been addressed.

AIT crew members were today escorted out of the Defence House where the president-elect currently resides. He was about to have a meeting with the Cuban and Switzerland ambassadors when the reporters were escorted out.”

Sounds like decree 4 all over again, a law drafted in 1984 to punish authors of supposedly false statements and reports that exposed the Buhari administration and or its officials to ridicule or contempt … a law basically used to censor the press.

And I know, people will say “but AIT is biased” And I say so what!

In a democracy you will have this, it ensures balance. I mean America has the openly biased FOX news … But yet Obama does not bar them from the State of the Union address or from Press Conferences. So I call this Buhari move “bullshit” and a clear and early attack on press freedom.

But hey … his honeymoon period is still on. Nigeria is still drowning in the chants of “change,” still drunk from drinking the “change” wine. People are still walking from Lagos to Abuja to be bothered by this …

So I understand that my “bullshit call” is in the minority today. But let’s watch and see what happens … after-all we have 4 more years to go.

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33 comments on “And The #Buhari Media Censorship Has Started: AIT First Victim But Who Is Next?

  1. Ofili, I woke up to see this post in my mail box. Well, I agree with you that this is early on the part of this incoming administration, but also don’t you think it is also early on your part too to call it “bullshit”?

    • Ofili
      Ofili on said:

      Nope. Its not early to call it bullshit, we better start calling it bullshit before it escalates to even more bullshit.

    • Na wa for those saying that this is a right call and all, na wa oo. Seems you guys are so overwhelmed by this “change” that you you think the “change” commander cannot be criticized. Ofili thank your star say no one called you an hater (because that’s like the next shit in vogue now). I think you guys need to read this article again. This is Democracy abeg, this kinda shit shouldn’t be happening and we need to speak before shit gets fucked up beyond repair. Na small small like this them go enter social media begin ban your tweets, shut down your blogs et al… You better call a spade a spade!
      PS: Ever since we voted “change” in my area, the stable power supply we used to enjoy don stop oo (Just saying).

  2. Ifect on said:

    He isn’t president yet, he is president-elect. The did this as president-elect. Let’s cut the guy some slack. FOX news are bias yes, but professionally bias, not the AIT desperately bias kinda approach.

    • Ofili
      Ofili on said:

      Lose me with all the BS. He is President-Elect and is meeting with Ambassadors and Politicians from other countries and you are saying that me as a citizen of Nigeria should not say anything because he is President-ELECT? Abegii.

      • ifect on said:

        Who says you shouldn’t say anything, please read my comment clearly. You can say what you want, freedom of speech. But he barring AIT is still his call. By all standards, these are private events and not state sponsored. last time i checked, you have the rights to choose who you invite covers your own events.

        • Ofili

          Its not a private event if you are using tax payers money for your security and tax payers money is being used for your meeting.

          • Ofili

            How much rubbish has been aired on GEJ. How many times has he been riddiculed? We made parodies of his entire family day in day out. Did he ban anyone. Please this is a democracy not a dictatorship. They better get their ducks in a row quickly because people like me will be on his behind. We cannot and will not lose press freedom.

  3. Aweriawhen on said:

    President-elect or president-ordained this does not sound right. If at this point he is doing this what happens when he is sworn in and has the authority and power of the president. We are observing as always.

  4. dollipeezle on said:

    Yeah! I’m calling this BS on your part, seeing as it is “Staff of Africa Independent Television, AIT, have been barred from covering all activities of the President-elect, Gen. Buhari until issues bordering on ethics and standards against them have been addressed.” Isn’t it clear enough why they’ve been barred?

    • Ofili
      Ofili on said:

      No it is not … because that is rubbish. And it is the same rubbish excuse he gave in 1984 when he was barring the media. What does ethics and standards mean? Who judges ethics and standards? If that is the case will saharareporters.com and NTA not be banned?

  5. In my own view, your anger is misplaced. He has a right to bar whoever has been ‘called to the Bar’ For dignity sake, AIT ran a campaign of calumy against him and you expect him to turn a blind eye to that because he win election?
    Abeg!!
    As a matter of fact, he has instituted a court action against Daar Communications, so it’s only fair to both parties keep stay away from each other.
    If press freedom means running hate documentaries, let’s not have it.

    • Ofili

      My anger is not misplaced…your complacency might be. All you need to do is study your history a little bit. This is an ex-dictator that has censored the media in the past and arrested journalists that criticized him and he is doing the same thing and you are saying my anger is misplaced?

      I am just waiting for the CHANGE potion and honeymoon peroid to wear off.

  6. Well, AIT got a public slap. They should deal with it. Whatever you say, Buhari sends a strong message.

    He has a right to admit or dismiss anyone from his residence doesn’t he? And if he currently stays in the Defence House, then it is his residence. So what’s the noise about? If AIT had been professional in their duties, will they have been escorted out? How is what AIT did OK but Buhari sending them off Not OK? AIT’s licence may yet be revoked. They should be glad they only just got a public slap for now.
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    • Ofili

      Buhari sends a strong message that media will be censored.

      And all this private residence nonsense should stop. If it private residence why is he using Nigerian security? He should use his private security.

  7. Propaganda should be barred, not Journalism. AIT deserves it. They are full of shit. Are u not aware of what they aired about Buhari. They were desperate, shamelessly so. Abeggi I Dnt think u have a right to be so angry at Buhari. Let’s give him a chance 1st. It’s way too early. If this becomes a trend of some sort. We shall revisit this case. #okbye

  8. Ofili, but you fail to see this in the light what’s right and what’s wrong. Please point out to me one tv show or documentary where plain lies were told about GEJ and which tv station aired it.

    I ask again, the documentary on Buhari aired by AIT and NTA, do they pass the ethics exam? Can you say that what they did was right? If you recognise what they did as wrong, then you must also agree with me that they should be punished.

    GEJ should do the punishing, oh wait, he sponsored it in the first place.

    And as far as the private residence is concerned? Would you say that he cannot receive guests “at home” afterall he has no other office. Remember he also reserves the right to even refuse the guests let alone erring press men.

    And there’s no indication we will lose freedom of the press, in reality we gain a press free from rubbish practices. Freedom of press must be free and also must be responsible. Simple.
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  9. This censorship might be a harbinger of his administration (I hope it isn’t). At first, I thought the news was a joke intended to disparage him, but alas it wasn’t.

    If you ask me, should we be surprised by this at all, judging by his history?. Leopards rarely, if at all, lose their spot.
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    • Ofili

      That’s what we think, until they send soldiers out to escort us off the streets and silence our IP addresses. This is just the start.

  10. Na wa for those saying that this is a right call and all, na wa oo. Seems you guys are so overwhelmed by this “change” that you you think the “change” commander cannot be criticized. Ofili thank your star say no one called you an hater (because that’s like the next shit in vogue now). I think you guys need to read this article again. This is Democracy abeg, this kinda shit shouldn’t be happening and we need to speak before shit gets fucked up beyond repair. Na small small like this them go enter social media begin ban your tweets, shut down your blogs et al… You better call a spade a spade!
    PS: Ever since we voted “change” in my area, the stable power supply we used to enjoy don stop oo (Just saying).

  11. Omooba on said:

    You’ve called it as it is! BS it is and even GMB has retracted… Anybody defending this will defend any BS. You don’t ban the members of the press from covering news-worthy events that has to do with you, particularly when you are responsible to the people (president-elect things). You sue their asses off if you are grieved! And GMB should know this by now. He’s tried it before and it worked for him against Abati… Why change now that he has a mandate? Banning any member of the press is a dickhead move. His handlers better go and know that the bulalah that was used for the 1st wife (GEJ) by the man of the house (Naija critics) is still intact for the new wife!

  12. Now that he has made it clear that he made no such order, and cautioned his staff are you going to take back your words. See how quick you jumped to judge. I’m not surprised though, but disappointed still

  13. Sadly, from the comments this post has generated, it’s clear to see that objectivity is still alien to the Nigerian psyche. GMB has said he didn’t make that order (I don’t believe him by the way). However I find it hard to see how anyone would support such an order from GMB knowing his antecedents as a media suppressive dictator. Heck! This guy banned and arrested the editors of a students magazine in OAU back in the day. His decree 4 is still fresh in the memories of Nigerians and though I was born after his regime, it’s fresh on my mind too. Supporting a candidate doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see his faults and call him to order when he makes mistakes. Besides, the elections are over and we’ll be affected by GMB’s actions and policies.
    AIT was not wrong in airing that documentary btw, at the time there was still the right to freedom of speech. Since the slander case is already in court, barring them made no sense. Besides there’s nothing in that documentary that is equivalent to what has been said about GEJ by the media and ordinary Nigerians… yes, you, you, you and I.
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