Unic Press UK: Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, is claiming that the coverage of the after-effects of killer herdsmen atrocities in Benue State is proof that many broadcasting stations are violating the Broadcast Code.
The minister said that his office has therefore issued a directive to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any broadcasting organisation that violates the Broadcast Code to serve as a lesson for those who constitute a threat to Nigeria’s security, unity and peace.
Speaking in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, during the Digital Switch Over (DSO) Stakeholders’ Retreat that was organized by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mohammed said:
”Broadcasting shall influence society positively, setting the agenda for the social, cultural, economic, political and technological development of a nation, for the public good. Unfortunately, many of our broadcasters today are wilfully flouting these critical Sections of the Code by broadcasting inciting materials and language that can encourage or incite crime or lead to disorder. The situation has become worse in recent times, in the wake of the Farmers/Herders’ clashes. For those who may want to misrepresent us, this is not a call for censorship, but a call for responsibility and total adherence to the Broadcast Code. Playing, over and over again, the footage of dead bodies in the aftermath of any crisis is capable of inciting public disorder.,” according to the News Agency of NIgeria (NAN).