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Journalists' Group Criticizes Nigerian TV Network's Suspension


An international journalists' support group says Nigeria's media regulatory commission exerted "heavy-handed censorship" when it briefly suspended the country's leading independent television network on Monday.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists called the commission's action against African Independent Television and its radio network Ray Power FM "disturbing."

The Nigerian commission accused the network of unprofessional conduct -- after AIT video footage showed the dismembered bodies of some of the 117 people killed in Saturday's crash of a Boeing 737 passenger plane near Lagos.

The station, which has now resumed programming, also reported there were no crash survivors before Nigerian officials confirmed the information.

Earlier statements from government officials misidentified the location of the crash and incorrectly reported that more than half of the people had survived.

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