Press Council refutes directive on clearance for live political broadcasts

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ABUJA – The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) on Monday denied giving stations directives obtain a 48-hour clearance from before transmitting live political programmes.

Mr Nnamdi Njemanze, the acting Executive Secretary the council, made the denial a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

The statement said that the council did not issue such directive as reported by a National daily, adding that its purview did not include oversight of broadcast media and its contents.

It advised the newspaper to always crosscheck its facts before going to press.

“We need to state that factual, accurate, balanced and fair reporting is the ultimate objective of good journalism and the basis of earning public trust and confidence.”

The statement also the newspaper to refrain from publishing inaccurate and misleading information.

It said that the council had demanded for a retraction of “the wrong and misleading information”.(NAN)