The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has accused the Cable News Network (CNN) of spreading fake news in a despirate bid to expose the true events of what happened at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20.
KanyiDaily recalls that CNN had on Tuesday released a second report on the shooting incident involving the Nigerian Army and peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.
CNN’s second report which contain a CCTV footage obtained from the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, further implicated the Nigerian Army in the killing of peaceful unarmed protesters.
Reacting to the report on Wednesday when he appeared on NTA, Lai Mohammed described CNN’s report as fake news without providing evidence of his own claim.
He accused CNN of desperation, adding that the news network relied on fake social media sources as well as doctored videos to compile both its first and second reports on the Lekki shooting incident.
“It shows that they 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? 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 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,” Mohammed said.
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— NTA News (@NTANewsNow) November 25, 2020
KanyiDaily recalls that Lai Mohammed, had last week described CNN’s first report on the Lekki shootings as poor journalism, adding that the network deserved to be sanctioned for misinformation and irresponsible reporting.