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Broadcast Stations To Be Fined For Messages Insulting President, Governors-NBC

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has stated that broadcast houses will now be punished for broadcasting messages that insult the Nigerian president, governors, and other leaders.

This warning was issued in a letter to broadcasting stations. The letter was signed by Chibuike Ogwumike, Zonal Director of the NBC Lagos office.

The letter which was dated Monday, August 3, warned against insulting messages from guests during programmes.

Thus, NBC mandated all broadcast stations to be guided by the ethics and code of the profession.

Ogwumike pointed out that the professional rules of the broadcasting code prohibit content that denigrates the social norms, values, and culture of the society.

The agency stated that while broadcasters have a duty to hold government and leaders accountable, such duty must not be done in abusive language.

“We expect Broadcasters, especially anchors to show professionalism in the handling of programmes such that guests or callers that exhibit such tendency are professionally handled. “The recourse to abusing, denigrating and insulting the President, Governors, MPs and other leaders does not show us as cultured people,” the agency said.

Recall that www.theoctopusnews.com, had earlier reported that the NBC had slammed a N5M fine on Info 99.3FM.

According to NBC, the station was fined for providing a platform on which unverifiable and inciting claims were made.

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Obadiah Mailaifa, while speaking on an interview programme titled Morning Cross Fire” had claimed that some governors were contributing to the festering insecurity in the country by providing financial and moral support for the Boko Haram terrorists and bandits.

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