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NBC fines Nigeria Info FM N5m for hate speech

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The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos the sum of N5 million for hate speech offence.

This was for providing its platform to be used to promote unverifiably and inciting views that can incite crime, public disorder.

In a press statement made available on Thursday, the Commission said the sanction was Sequel to violation of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code by the broadcast station in the handling of the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire”, aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30 am and 9.00 am in which it featured a former CBN Deputy Governor, Dr Obadiah Mailafia.

nbc fines nigeria info lagos for hate speechThe Commission insisted that the action of the radio station was in total violation of the newly amended NBC Code and directed it to pay the sum of N5m to serve a deterrent to other stations.

The statement reads in parts: ”The National Broadcasting Commission has noted with grave concern, the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire”, aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30 am and 9.00 am. The station provided its platform for the guest, Dr Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverifiably and inciting views that could encourage or incite to crime and lead to public disorder.

”The Commission, again, wishes to reiterate that Broadcasters hold Licenses in trust for the people. Therefore, no Broadcast Station should be used, to promote personal or sectional interests at the expense of the people.

” Dr Mailafia Obadia’s comments on the “Southern Kaduna Crisis”, were devoid of facts and by broadcasting same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM is in violation of the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code: 3.1.1 No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain an offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity; 3.1.2 broadcasting shall promote human dignity, therefore, hate speech is prohibited; 3.3.1

(a) The broadcaster shall ensure that any information given in a programme, in whatever form, is accurate;

(b) the Broadcaster shall ensure that all sides to any issue of public interest are equitably presented for fairness and balance; 3.11.1

(c) the broadcaster shall ensure that language or scene likely to encourage or incite to crime, or lead to disorder, is not broadcast; 3.11.1

(d) No programme contains anything which amounts to subversion of constituted authority or compromises the unity of corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign state and 5.4.1

(e) which says the Broadcaster shall not transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.

”Consequent on these provisions and in line with the amendment of the 6thedition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, has been fined the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), only.

”This is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide a platform for subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such.

”The Commission wishes to put it on record that it will not hesitate to suspend the Broadcast Licence of broadcast stations that continue to breach the Code.

”Stations are, by this statement, admonished to desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content, or be ready to face appropriate sanctions.”

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