The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has fined Nigeria Info 99.3 FM five million naira (N5,000,000.00) over Dr. Mailafia Obadiah’s comments on the Southern Kaduna Crisis.
Nigeria Info 99.3FM in Lagos provided its platform for the guest, Dr. Mailafia Obadiah, on the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire”, on August 10, 2020, between 8.30 am and 9.00 am.
NBC in a statement issued by the management says Nigeria Info 99.3FM handled of the Programme unprofessionally, thus violating some sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
“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 8.30 am and 9.00 am.
“The station provided its 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,” says the statement.
“The Commission, again, wishes to reiterate 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.
NBC described Dr. Mailafia’s comment as devoid of facts devoid of facts and by broadcasting same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, is in violation of the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:
3.1.1 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 organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity;
3.1.2 Broadcasting shall promote human dignity, therefore, hate speech is prohibited;
3.3.1 (a) The broadcaster shall ensure that any information given in a programme, in whatever form, is accurate;
126.96.36.199(b) The Broadcaster shall ensure that all sides to any issue of public
interest are equitably presented for fairness and balance;
3.11.1(a) The broadcaster shall ensure that language or scene likely to encourage or incite to crime, or lead to disorder, is not broadcast;
3.11.1(b) No programme contains anything which amounts to subversion of constituted authority or compromises the unity or corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign state;
5.4.1(f) The Broadcaster shall not transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.
“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,” says NBC.
According to the broadcasting regulator, “this is to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide platform for subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such.”
NBC further says the Commission will not hesitate to suspend the Broadcast Licence of broadcast stations that continue to breach the Code, and advises stations to “desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content, or be ready to face appropriate sanctions.”