Richard Ginika Izuora
The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Thursday, August 13, fined Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos the sum of N5 million.
According to a statement issued by the NBC; the fine was due to the station providing its platform; to be used to promote unverifiable as well as inciting views that can incite crime, public disorder.
“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 8.30am and 9.00am. It provided platform for the guest, Dr. Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverifiable and inciting views; that could encourage or incite to crime and lead to public disorder,” the NBC explained.
The Commission reiterated 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.”
The NBC further slammed Mailafia, saying “his comments on the ‘Southern Kaduna Crisis’ were devoid of facts, and by broadcasting same to the public.”
According to the NBC, “Nigeria Info 99.3FM, is in violation of the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:
“No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain offensive reference to any person or organisation, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity;
“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity, therefore, hate speech is prohibited;
“Consequent on these provisions and in line with the amendment of the 6th edition 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 platform for subversive rhetorics; as well as 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.”