The announcement of the closure of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower by the Federal Government on Thursday has generated a lot of reactions from different quarters. The shutdown of the media outfit came following the suspension of the license of Daar Communications Plc, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM until further notice by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Daar communications license was suspended due to its failure to abide by broadcasting ethics and rules. Buttressing the rationale behind the federal government’s actions, the Director-General of Nigeria Broadcasting Corporations, Modibbo Kawu maintained that the offenses the stations committed included the airing of a Presidential election documentary by the AIT, a matter pending before a tribunal; the inability of the company to pay its fees, and the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the social media,” among others.
Notwithstanding, the development has generated diverse reactions from Nigerians who saw the action only as an attack on Democracy but as a calculated attempt to clamp down on perceived opponents of the present political dispensation given that the owner of the media outfit in person of high chief Raymond Dopkesi, is a strong member of the main opposition party – PDP.
Others however sees the suspension as a welcome development as the company has been biased in most of its reportage especially as it concerns the government.