NBC fines 23 radio, TV stations for hate speech, others

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined 23 radio and television stations across the country for various breaches of broadcasting rules set by the Commission.
The NBC spokesperson, Maimuna Jimada, said in a statement that the stations were punished for hateful speech, vulgar lyrics and unverifiable claims.
The breaches contravened the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in the third quarter of 2017, according to the NBC.
Speaking to Premium Times yesterday, she said there “will be higher sanctions if erring stations fail to comply with the fine.”
“It is clearly stated in the code, if you are sanctioned this way and you don’t comply then you get a higher sanction. Everything is laid down in the code,” she said.
According to her, the payments will be made into the NBC account.
Mrs. Jimada further said the contraventions were made between June and September, this year, and all the erring stations were fined according to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
For using hateful speech, Family Love FM Port Harcourt was fined N200, 000 on 9/6/2017; ABS FM Awka fined N100, 000 on 1/7/17; Express FM Radio Kano also fined N300, 000 on 12/9/17, 16/9/17 and 17/9/17.
For using indecent musicals, the NBC fined Royal FM Abuja, Flo FM Umuahia, Radio Continental Lagos and Crystal 100.5FM Minna N100, 000, N100, 000, N200, 000 and N100, 000, respectively.
For making unverifiable claims in their broadcast, the regulator punished Crowther FM Abuja, Harmony FM Abuja, Inspirational FM Uyo, BCA FM Umuahia, ABS FM Awka, Minaj Systems Radio, Obosi, IBC (Orient TV), Owerri, Rainbow FM, Isheri, Globe FM Bauchi, Arewa Radio, Kano, EBS Radio Benin and Bond FM Lagos with fines of N100, 000, N100, 000, 100, 000, 150, 000, 100, 000, N100, 000, N50, 000, N100, 000, N100,000, N100, 000, N100, 000 and N499, 000, respectively.
As part of efforts to stem the growing tide of hate speech in the country, the federal government in June directed the NBC to sanction any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech.
Also, ahead of the forthcoming elections, the commission stated that it would impose heavy sanctions on broadcast stations which promoted hate speeches. (Premium Times)

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