FG warns TV and radio stations against fake news and hate shows

• NBC will publish broadcasters who have to pay license fees, other

The Federal Government has warned TV and radio stations against what it said is fake news, hateful, provocative and speculative broadcasts ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 general election, threatening to sanction errant broadcasters .

It came just as the National Broadcasting Commission said it was ready to publish the names of broadcasters owing commission license fees and other debts.

NBC Chief Executive Balarabe Ilelah made the point on Tuesday in Abuja during the Broadcast Media Digital Convention / 76th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria jointly organized by BON, Broadcast Media Africa and Multichoice Nigeria Limited .

Ilelah also noted that broadcast media is a key contributor to the social, economic and political stability of any nation. “Regardless of the challenges inherent in new media and related issues, we must ensure responsive professionalism in our operations and conducts,” he said.

The NBC CEO appreciated BON management’s intervention mechanisms and efforts on “the broadcasters’ continuing indebtedness of licensing and other legal fees to the commission.”

He said, “BON’s call for more time yielded positive results, as some broadcast stations took advantage of the extended deadline for settling unpaid license fees from commissions, but other stations remained. adamant on all the supplications offered over time.

“The commission now has no choice but to immediately release the names of indebted stations.”

Ilelah added, “Another task ahead of us is to ensure the success of the electoral processes and the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

“Stations are warned to refrain from encouraging and permitting the use of their platforms for broadcasts of false information, hate, provocation and speculation. The commission will not hesitate to sanction any violation of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, accordingly.

Likewise, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in his address, called on the media to continue providing accurate and verified information that will promote the unity of the country and deepen its democracy.

Mohammed said, “Now that the politics have started ahead of the 2023 general election, the media, as the fourth estate in the kingdom, must strictly abide by the rules stipulated in the NBC Code and other laws, including the recently adopted election.

“Broadcast media should help combat the threat of fake news by disseminating correct information to the public and providing necessary public feedback to the government.”

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