Common Nigerian journalist, Kadaria Ahmed has slammed the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over the documentary on terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
Naija Information remembers that the BBC on Monday revealed a 50-minute documentary titled ‘The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara’, which captures the booming kidnap-for-ransom business and different terrorist actions.
Within the documentary, the BBC interviewed a bandit chief who confessed that they purchased extra weapons with the N60 million ransom paid by the Federal Government for the discharge of schoolgirls kidnapped on the Authorities Women Secondary College in Jangebe city in Zamfara State in February 2021.
Ado Aleru, a notorious Fulani gang leader who is needed by the Katsina Police for main a bloodbath within the village of Kadisau in June 2020 was additionally interviewed.
In an opinion article on Thursday, Ahmed accused the BBC of changing into a software of propaganda for terrorists and offering a platform for them to specific their excessive views.
The CEO of Radio Now 95.3FM Lagos asserted that the BBC documentary fell beneath journalism greatest practices and is in opposition to the general public curiosity.
Ahmed mentioned that the BBC Africa Eye could also be charged with aiding terrorism as a result of it “offered” a platform for terrorists to specific their excessive views.
She wrote: “Journalists and now a worldwide media organisation of reputation, the BBC, which ought to know higher, have gotten a software for terrorists, even when unwittingly, by amplifying the faces, voices and tales of killers and marauders who’re nonetheless working with impunity throughout Nigeria.
“The general public curiosity argument appears to have been misunderstood, some might even say misrepresented, to allow sensationalist reporting that may be very unlikely to be allowed on screens in the UK. By not upholding the identical requirements as they might within the UK, of their work in Nigeria, the BBC Africa Eye producers of their newest documentary titled ‘The Bandits Warlords of Zamfara’ have offered a worldwide platform to terrorists and might be accused of changing into an confederate to terror within the identify of reporting it.
“The arguments additionally embody an assertion that listening to from terrorists helps us higher perceive the conflicts and subsequently provide you with options. Below the guise of public curiosity, that is the argument that BBC Africa Eye appears to be presenting, to justify its choice to actively give copious display time to self-confessed murderers and kidnappers, who’re nonetheless actively concerned in attacking communities, killing, kidnapping, pillaging and usually making life brutish and a dwelling hell for the individuals of Nigeria’s North-western State of Zamfara and past.
“The 2 promotional clips launched for the documentary, The Bandits Warlords of Zamfara, function a marauder who ought to stay anonymous right here, confirming that he was a part of those that raided Jengebe Women’ Secondary College within the state, abducting over 300 college students with the attendant horror of those types of crimes usually entail, and releasing them, after the fee of ransom.
“Evidently, the BBC Africa Eye crew additionally had no drawback utilising footage that seems to have been shot by these self-confessed criminals as a result of this makes it into the second trailer. No media of reputation would take this choice as a result of it’s usually understood that these types of movies are recorded by terrorists for one factor solely: propaganda.”
Ahmed mentioned the BBC can’t use its airwaves to supply a voice to terrorists who’re attacking UK residents as a result of doing so will elicit public outrage with authorized repercussions.
She wrote: “If terrorists have been killing and kidnapping British residents, particularly younger kids, the BBC wouldn’t allow interviews by the perpetrators, significantly in the event that they have been nonetheless roaming footloose and fancy-free, with out an iota of regret for his or her crimes and in addition finishing up many extra. The trauma to the psyche of the British public will likely be insufferable, and the BBC wouldn’t be prepared to pay that value or threat the authorized penalties certain to ensue.
“Right here in Nigeria, considerations in regards to the influence the amplification of terrorists’ voices may have on victims, their households and the general public seem like a secondary consideration to the BBC’s insistence on listening to from the bandits’ first-hand accounts and justification for his or her murderous actions.”