The International news network CNN has rejected an advertorial sent to it
by the Nigeria government to promote the recent five days visit of
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to the People’s Republic of China.
The advert which was already paid for by the Government was to highlight
some of the key areas of achievement of the visit. But the CNN said the
advert had some political undertone and rejected the advert but did not release the money. It requested the money be “kept for future businesses” with Nigeria which obviously did not go down well with the Nigerian government.
The FG government has demanded more explanation from CNN and may consider severing all ties with CNN and also banning government officials from granting any form of interview with CNN in the future. The Nigerian government sees this action by CNN as unprofessional and against the rule of journalism. – Doyin Okupe, Presidential Media Aide
– Agba Jalingo