Zamfara government closes TV and radio stations for covering PDP campaign

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle

The Zamfara state government on Saturday shut down three television stations and one radio station as a floating government order.

The affected media stations are; NTA, Gamji TV, Al-umma TV and Pride FM radio are all in Gusau, the state capital.

Information Commissioner Ibrahim Dosara said on Sunday that the media had been shut down for violating their professional ethics.

He said the relevant media houses attended the rally organized by the opposition People’s Democratic Party in the state, which had previously been banned by the state government for security reasons.

He said, “The state government suspended all political activities in the state due to insecurity concerns, but the PDP ignored the order and held a rally in Gusau, the capital of State, where one person was killed and 18 others injured.

“The four media houses, NTA, Gamji TV, Al-umma TV and Pride FM radio were also there to cover the event despite being aware of the government’s ban on political gatherings. ‘State.
“In view of this, the four media houses are closed with immediate effect.”

The government has ordered security guards to arrest any staff of affected stations who attempt to enter the stations to perform any task.

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