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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Nigerian Govt Petitions CNN Over Report On Lekki Toll Gate Shootings And Demands Remediation

The Federal Government has petitioned Cable News Network (CNN) over the Lekki toll gate shootings report.....









It accused the international news network of violating the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness” in the report on Lekki shootings during the #ENDSARS protests on October 20, 2020.

The government said the investigation report was inaccurate and capable of pitching Nigerians against themselves.

In a petition letter dated November 23 2020 entitled ‘Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement’ signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Federal demanded remediation from CNN management.


The letter was addressed to VP Communication in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia, Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia.

It reads: “We write to put on record that the report did not just fall short of journalistic standards, it reinforces the disinformation that is going around on the issue, it is blatantly irresponsible and it is a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news organisation.

“In the first instance, the report did not live up to the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness. According to the website www.ethics.journalists.org, ”balance and fairness are classic buzzwords of journalism ethics: In objective journalism, stories must be balanced in the sense of attempting to present all sides of a story. Fairness means that a journalist should strive for accuracy and truth in reporting, and not slant a story so a reader draws the reporter’s desired conclusion.


“The truth is that CNN did not even attempt to reach the federal government. Nima Elbagir, who presented the report and most probably led the investigation, is conversant with the Minister of Information and Culture, who is also the Spokesman for the Federal Government of Nigeria, yet did not say that she even tried to reach the Minister.“Rushing to air such a momentous story without presenting the government’s side is inexcusable and indefensible. CNN said it contacted over 100 protesters and family members, but did not speak to one official of Nigeria’s federal government. While CNN said there was no response from the army and that officials of Lagos State would not speak in view of the Judicial Panel that is investigating the matter, it did not say what effort it made to speak with any official of the federal government.


“It is therefore strange, to say the least, that she would rush to air such an important ‘investigation’ report without getting the government’s side. In other words, Nima, and by extension CNN, breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.

“Another serious breach by CNN, in its ‘investigation’, is that the network relied heavily on unverified footages it harvested from social media.

“CNN was not present at the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the incident. Neither its reporter nor cameraman was there, but it relied on eyewitnesses.

“Well, this is fraught with danger. While experts say eyewitness testimony is a potent form of evidence, it is also subject to unconscious memory distortions and biases, Unlike CNN, a reporter from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Pidgin Service, Damilola Banjo, was at the Lekki Toll Gate on the night in question, and was quoted as saying soldiers shot sporadically into the air and not at the protesters – a direct contradiction of the position taken by CNN who relied on second and third-hand information.”

from within nigeria



*Excitedly watching to see how this plays out!!

21 comments:

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    1. Can someone hold this man please. Tie is mouth or something. He should please just hide his head in shame.

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    2. They should not just listen to Nigerian government. This petitioning is not on behalf of the People of Nigeria, this is not the voice of the people they are called to serve. Nigerian government is petitioning in a lone voice. We the masses are not in support

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    3. Sings children's folklore song
      Boju boju eh


      Ejo who can complete the rest

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    4. Boju Boju... Eh
      Oloro nbo... Eh
      Se kin si...
      Ati bee bee lo😀😀😀😀
      The government is running katikati, looking for how to cover their shame.

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  2. When you have Lai Mohammed at the helm what do you expect to come out ??? Lai lai

    It's time to remove this old recycled men from govt for good. As long as they are in power, we will always be backward.

    Youths rise up 2023!

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  3. Nigeria is a huge joke. Nigeria shame dey catch me. Stella, if they are denying the obvious then why is the UK Parliament deliberating on a possible sanction on Nigeria? Or will Nigeria government also petition UK government? You guys need to watch that video.

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  4. Liar Mohd bring your own evidence and shut up. Buratai, Buhari, Osinbajo, Sanwolu and Tinubu should cover their faces in shame.

    In short, who ever that drafted this letter should be flogged for disturbing us without evidence.
    🙄

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  5. Medicine after death. So the army cannot be referred to as official of the federal government. Who were they representing then?

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  6. These people don't deserve an easy death!

    Dear Lord,rid us of this evil.

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  7. Well let us watch and see while we continue demanding good governance!

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  8. They don't hesitate to show their stupidity. FG and the president that never acknowledged anything happened at lekki that night, until they were dragged after the president's scanty and cold address/speech. What a country

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  9. please, they should let us concentrate on General gowon and the 'half of CBN' he carried to London in the 1970s. Heros ko, labours ni!

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  10. This people Sha like disgracing this country.....

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  11. They should not just listen to Nigerian government. This petitioning is not on behalf of the People of Nigeria, this is not the voice of the people they are called to serve. Nigerian government is petitioning in a lone voice. We the masses are not in support

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  12. They should not just listen to Nigerian government. This petitioning is not on behalf of the People of Nigeria, this is not the voice of the people they are called to serve. Nigerian government is petitioning in a lone voice. We the masses are not in support

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  13. Please I have a question;
    Did the BBC reporter actually say that -soldiers shot sporadically into the air????
    😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮

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    1. That's what I want to know too.

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    2. 10:52, yes she did. But what Lai Mohammed carefully kept quiet about was the fact that the BBC Africa reporter (Damilola or so), and her cameraman said that they laid flat and faced down on the floor and left as soon as they were able to identify themselves.

      There was also a French media crew that also said they took cover near a carpark and got away at the first opportunity.

      But why is Lai Mohammed going this far? Why BBC? The NTA correspondent and cameraman also took cover and we watched and heard as she and the cameraman were shaking and heard some people praying from behind something that appeared like an industrial dustbin. Where is that lady? Has she been sacked? I still watched that video before posting this comment.

      So, yes BBC reporter did say it was sporadic shooting into the air. But she stated clearly that she was on the floor, hidden and left at the first opportunity.

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  14. The soldiers shot sporadically in the air and then the protesters used tennis rackets to divert these said RUBBER bullets, as the government claims, into their own bodies, leaving them injured and at least two dead. Also, the bullets immediately transformed into live rounds upon hitting the floor. Thanks Mr. Lie. We've got the gist.

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