The leadership of the IPC’s Centre for Safety and Protection of Journalists (I-CSPJ) has expressed concern over the recent closure of the Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM operations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by the state government.
The media organisation announced last Sunday on its official page that the state government shut down its operations through contracted telecommunications engineers accompanied by armed security operatives.
The contractors, according to the announcement, disconnected the wave guard from the antenna on the mast while riggers were seen dismantling the mast.
Adding that bulldozers were deployed to demolish the Transmitter Complex at DAAR Communications PLC Broadcast Centre.
In a statement signed and made available to journalists on Monday, in Jalingo by the IPC’s Executive Director, Lanre Arogundade, the closure of the media outlet is another attempt to stifle press freedom in the country.
It called on the state government to immediately stop actions towards that course, the Rivers State government.
The organisation also advised the Rivers State Government to allow AIT and Raypower FM to continue their operations and seek legal redress if it believes the media outfits have committed any offence.
“Rivers State Government should come forward with any grievance it may have against AIT/Raypower in the state and refrain from further arbitrary self-help like the demolition,” part of the statement read.