The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has asked the Cable News Network (CNN) to present the evident of its story, alleging that soldiers killed peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll gate, on 20th October 2020.
The Minister equally slammed the international cable television channel by nothing that it violated the basic principles of journalism – fairness, and balance; adding that the reputable organization was caught spreading fake news without proper investigation.
Speaking in a chat on Wednesday on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Lai Mohammed asked CNN to provide the evident of dead bodies allegedly killed by soldiers.
He said, “It shows that they (CNN) are desperate. The so-called recent development has been seen before. There is nothing new. If there is anything new, it is a contradiction of CNN’s position.
“What we are asking CNN is that where is your evidence? Where are the bodies? The military has been consistent. CNN contravenes the basic principles of journalism – fairness, and balance.
“They did the story without contacting the Federal Government for its own side. They relied on second and third parties narratives.
“They (CNN) were caught spreading fake news and they are trying to escape.
“We are accusing them (CNN) of basing their stories on videos sourced on social media. CNN has been inconsistent. It also doctored the video it got.
“We are confident in our position.”