Following a meeting of media stakeholders, the National Broadcasting Commission has agreed to fully suspend the revocation of the broadcast licence of DAAR Communications.
The decision was reached at a meeting in Abuja.
In a statement released after the meeting, Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY/ARISE Group, who is also the president of Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), said the NBC was concerned with the non-censoring of contents being used on Africa Independent Television and RayPower while adding that the channel refused to adhere to repeated warnings.
Obaigbena said, “The NBC also raised concerns about the non-adherence of the DAAR Communications group (AIT/Ray Power) to the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, despite repeated interactions on same; the NBC then cited lack of editorial balance by DAAR Communications as well as the lingering issue of non-payment of national network license fees by DAAR Communications.”
Responding to the allegations by the NBC, DAAR Communications Plc. defended its position saying, “it gives its team freedom to make editorial commentary on issues of the day relying on Section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution guaranteeing freedom of Expression, freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas without interference.”
At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to bury the hatchet and focus on professional practice guided by ethics and guidelines of the profession.
Obaigbena noted, “DAAR Communications Plc. will work out a new realistic payment plan with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and ensure prompt payments in accordance with the new plan.
“DAAR Communications Plc. will appoint an Ombudsman to ensure balance in its news coverage especially political commentary; it will also take full editorial responsibility for the use of content sourced from social media outlets;
“The NBC will immediately lift the suspension of the broadcast license of DAAR Communications Plc and DAAR Communications Plc. will withdraw its case in court, against the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).”
The meeting had in attendance Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, Director General & CEO, NBC; High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, DAAR Communications Plc; Raymond Dokpesi, jnr, Chairman of the Board, DAAR Communications PLC.
Others at the meeting were Mr. Tony Akiotu, GMD, DAAR Communications Plc; Mrs Tosin Dokpesi , MD, AIT; Barrister Donatus Anopuo – Company Secretary DAAR Communications PLC; Uncle Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard Group; Mallam Ismaila Isa, Patron NPAN and Nduka Obaigbena, President NPAN and President NPO.
Bella Hadid apologises to Arab fans for ‘insulting’ Instagram post | World News
The American supermodel uploaded a picture to her Instagram story from an airport departure lounge earlier this week, which showed her resting her shoe on the window in front of her.
But the position of Hadid’s boot meant she was facing the sole toward planes from UAE and Saudi airlines in the background – an act considered offensive in Arab culture.
Social media users from around the Middle East responded with angry posts, labelling the 22-year-old, whose father is Palestinian, a “racist” and a “bully”.
Using the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist, some Twitter users filmed themselves binning products from brands – such as Dior – that the model is known to partner with.
Others cropped the image of Hadid’s boot, and transferred it on to pictures of the model’s face.
In response, Hadid tweeted messages in both Arabic and English to say her post had “nothing to do with politics”, and that she hadn’t noticed the planes in the background of the shot.
She added: “I would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage.
“I absolutely love these airlines, with the best planes and people.”
this was an honest mistake on an early morning… never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that. I am so sorry ..❤️
— Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) 17 June 2019
In a further tweet, Hadid said her post was an “honest mistake on an early morning”.
She concluded: “Never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that. I am so sorry.”
In Arab culture, the act of showing the sole of your shoe to another can be interpreted as a sign of disrespect as footwear is considered unclean.
This extends to the Muslim faith, where worshippers are expected to remove their footwear before entering a mosque.
George Clooney impersonator arrested in Thailand after years on the run
Franceso Galdeli, 58, and Vanja Goffi, 45, were arrested by a joint operation of Interpol agents from Rome and Thai investigators, Thai police said.
The couple, dubbed the Italian Bonnie and Clyde, have been wanted on an Interpol red notice since 2013.
Galdeli was arrested on Saturday near the city of Pattaya on suspicion of staying in the country illegally, while his wife was arrested on suspicion for overstaying her visa.
Clooney sued them in a 2010 trial in Italy and testified against them, saying they had fraudulently used his name.
The Oscar winner said he never approved any affiliation with the bogus brand “GC Exclusive by George Clooney”.
“During interrogation, Francesco confessed to claiming to be George Clooney and opening a clothes business to trick people into sending money,” a statement from Thailand’s crime suppression division said.
They are also accused of various other scams and frauds in Italy, including selling fake Rolex watches online and sending packets of salt to customers instead.
The couple overstayed their visas and had been living in Thailand since 2014, according to authorities.
Police said the couple do not yet have a lawyer and will be charged for overstaying their visas before extradition proceedings begin.
They said Galdeli was sentenced by a Milan court in 2010 to serve more than eight years in jail after being found guilty of impersonating the actor to trick investors, but fled the country.
He was then arrested in July 2014 at Pattaya’s Dusit Thani Hotel but managed to escape a day later.
Local police discovered he had paid prison guards 20,000 Thai baht (£500) to cover up his absconding, The Telegraph reported.
Naira Marley Vs Ruggedman: How Nigerians reacted to attack on rapper
DAILY POST had reported that Ruggedman was attacked on Friday night by hoodlums at an undisclosed restaurant in London.
According to a video posted on his official Instagram page, the hoodlums were seen slamming the restaurant’s furniture on the singer’s body.
Speaking on the incident, Ruggedman stated that the attack will not stop him from fighting for the youths.
But reacting, Nigerians on social media berated Naira Marley fans for the alleged assault while others claimed Ruggedman could have staged the attack for publicity stunt.
Here are some comments DAILY POST gathered on Twitter:
@Emmah199x, “ I watched my guy get scammed of 272k yesterday, a Nigerian in Nigeria.Those little pieces of dogshit will say they are doing internet fraud to get back the money Americans stole from us. Ruggedman spoke up against them and got beaten.What’s even wrong with us.”
@BolaAde11, “So Ruggedman got attacked by touts in London for speaking up against someone publicly defending yahoo yahoo.This just proves the nature of our moral compass and how people have grown accustomed to unscrupulous acts as the norm.”
@oluwafemisosa, “That Naira Marley even has fans is a disgrace in the first place. Then some of them now had the audacity to beat up Ruggedman because he spoke against yahoo yahoo.”
@Zaddy_nomso, “When Ruggedman speaks against Politicians Looting & Police Brutality he is the Friend of the Youths but when he speaks against Fraudsters he is an enemy of the Youths. Youths suddenly want him to mind his business as nobody is Holy.The Hypocrisy Stinks.”
@sirleodasilva, “Just seeing the video of Ruggedman getting beat up. Let me tell you all this for free, as youths, until we start promoting and giving attention to the truth, justice and hard work, this country will never move forward. It’s not a curse, just facts.”
@Adisa_flakky, “Ruggedman rescued by London police when Naira Marley followers attacked him at a restaurant for openly condemning Internet fraud in Nigeria.Naira Marley is still wanted by Lewisham Police, United Kingdom. I hope those thugs are arrested before dawn.”
@UMEHoma, “The video where they allegedly beat Ruggedman and the one he later released saying he’s fine does not balance well. With the kind of planking he received, he should be wearing the bandage Lazarus wore out of the tomb.This a publicity stunt, period!”
@lamlloalade, “From my perspective, 1. Ruggedman uploaded the video on his IG by himself. 2. According to that video, no matter what you wouldn’t be looking unscathed even if you’re Jackie Chan3. How will they beat someone and the next hour you’re in your bed saying you’re alright?”
@theboyishreat, “I just believe we need to stop over exaggerating this Naira Marley and Ruggedman issue, I watch both videos, the fight and Ruggedman appreciation to his fan.
Their is absolutely nothing that proves that it’s was Naira fans that attack Ruggedman .
This is just not necessary.”
@therealdaddymo, “Pamilerin gets slapped by Peruzzi over an old tweet. Peruzzi gets crucified/sentenced by a panel of Twitter judges & everyone else? Ruggedman gets beaten up by Naira Marley fans in London & suddenly he deserves it because of what he did to Naira Marley?”
@efikedimkara, “Guys, Naira Marley fans attack Ruggedman in London.This is the generation of youths Nigeria is raising, youths who assault you for speaking against crime. We’re doomed.”
@flairamali, “Plot twist,RuggedMan pays boys to ‘beat’ him up and put it up on social media..He gets free publicity, pity and Naira Marley is seen as the bad guy.”
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