Nigerian TV station shut down

Nigerian TV station, Channels TV has been shut down, and six of its managers arrested, after it broadcast a hoax report claiming the president would step down due to his poor health.

The report was attributed to the News Agency of Nigeria (Nan). The agency has denied that the report came from them and said a false e-mail address had been used.

According to Channels TV:

The armed state security personnel got into  the master control room and ordered men at the control room to stop  transmitting and sent every one they found to the Station’s News room.

Members of staff, clients and innocent  bystanders were held hostage in the Newsroom for about three hours.

The News agency claimed that [the story] must have  been the handiwork of impersonators who they said sent out the message in their  name.

Channels also promptly reported the refutal  by the Presidential spokesman Mr. Segun Adeniyi who described the report as a  blunderous lie. The refutal was aired within minutes of the earlier scrolled  news report.

The same SSS treatment was meted out to the  Channels staff in our Abuja station. The security men arrested six top members  of staff and four are still being held in the SSS offices in both Lagos and  Abuja.

Rumours have surrounded the presidents health and his ability to do the job for some time. He has twice been flown to Germany for emergency medical treatment in the last 18 months and, last month, went to a hospital in Saudi Arabia for treatment.

A little outrage goes a long way

Back in August, an amateur video of a Nigerian film actress in a sex scene prompted an outcry in the mainly Muslim state of Kano and led to 17 actors - who had no connection to the video - being expelled from the Kano state Filmmakers’ Association for being immoral.

A month an a half later, the Kano State Censorship Board is still milking this for all its worth, extending the suspension earlier imposed on film production in the state from three to six months and reeling out new restrictive measures to check the film industry.

Addressing a press briefing on Friday, the new executive secretary of the board, Malam Abubakar Rabo Abdulkarim, explained that the extension of the suspension became necessary in order to enable his administration introduce new measures for the improvement of film production in the state, adding that the policy would be vigorously monitored by the board to ensure stringent penalties for defaulters.

The board has created additional guidelines for registration of production companies, artistes, internet cafés, publishers and authors and has cancelled singing and dancing of any kind in Hausa films. No producer will be allowed to go to location for filming without his script being approved by a recognised consultant and vetted by the board.

Members of the Kano State Association of Printers have also been advised to make sure that before they print any book or poster meant for public use they must obtain a clearance from the board.

These rules also affect authors, publishers, bookshops, poster sellers, distributors and vendors, all of whom are expected to register with the board in compliance with the requirements of the Censorship Board Law 2001.

Sanitised out of existence

After the artificial outrage over an amateur video of a Nigerian film actress in a sex scene, the government of Nigerias predominantly Muslim state of Kano has called for a one-year ban on local film-making to sanitise the industry.

The states Filmmakers Association has already expelled 17 of its members for suspected involvement in immoral acts, even though they were not connected to the clip and the actress in question is currently in hiding.

Outraged again

An amateur video of a Nigerian film actress in a sex scene has caused an outcry in the north of the country, prompting a movie industry body to expel actors deemed immoral, according to Reuters.

Muslim clerics have condemned the clip and radio programs have been full of complaints about immorality in the film industry. The actress, who was not named by the paper, has gone into hiding, Leadership said.

Nigerias hugely successful home video industry, known as Nollywood, is mostly based in the south of the country which is predominantly Christian and considered less conservative.

In the past few years a Hausa-language home video industry has sprung up in the north and has also become very popular.

Leadership newspaper said the Kano state Filmmakers Association had reacted to the scandal over the sex video by expelling 17 actors - who had no connection to the video - deemed to have brought the industry into ill repute.