The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON has condemned the shutdown, by the Rivers State Government, of operations of Daar Communications, owners of Africa Independent Television, AIT and Raypower FM, in Port Harcourt.
Executive Secretary, BON, Yemisi Bamgbose, in a statement, described the action as executive lawlessness, flagrant violation of the rule of law and ominous signal to democracy.
She also called on the Federal Government to wade into the matter.
Meanwhile, the management of Daar Communications, said it was working to restore the services as soon as possible.
Also, the International Press Centre for Safety and Protection of Journalists, I-CSPJ, says the closure of the company’s operations as unacceptable and a violation of the rule of law.
IPC Press Freedom Officer, Melody Akinjiyan, in a statement, quoted the Executive Director Lanre Arogundade, as saying the action was an attempt to stifle press freedom in the country.