Mailafia Obadiah: NBC Fines Nigeria Info N5 Million 

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), in line with the amendment of the 6th edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, has fined Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), only.

NBC said the fine is for the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the Programme, “Morning CrossFire”, aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30am and 9.00am, where 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.

In a statement obtained by The Sight News and signed by the NBC Management, the Commission said the fine is expected 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.

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.

Dr. Mailafia Obadia’s comments on the “Southern Kaduna Crisis”, NBC said, were 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;

3.3.3.1(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.

The Commission emphasized that it will not hesitate to suspend the Broadcast Licence of broadcast stations that continue to breach the Code.

“Stations are by this statement, admonished to desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content, or be ready to face appropriate sanctions”, NBC said.

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