PRESS RIGHT: FG Sanctions 23 Radio, TV Stations For Hate Speech

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The government has fined around twenty three radio and TV channels across the country for different breaks of broadcasting rules set by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC.

The NBC representative, Maimuna Jimada, said in an announcement that the stations were rebuffed for derisive discourse, obscene verses and unverifiable cases.

The breaks contradicted the arrangements of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in the 3rd quarter of 2017, as per the NBC.

The representative revealed to Premium Times on Wedneday that there will be higher approvals if blundering stations neglect to agree to the fine.

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“It is clearly stated in the code, if you are sanctioned this way and you don’t comply then you get a higher sanction”, Ms. Jimada said. “Everything is laid down in the code”, she added.

She also said the payments will be made into the NBC account.

 

For using hateful speech

Family Love FM Port Harcourt was fined N200, 000 on 9/6/2017;

ABS FM Awka fined N100,000 on 1/7/17;

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Express FM Radio Kano also fined N300,000 on 12/9/17, 16/9/17 and 17/9/17.

For using indecent musicals

RoyalFM Abuja, N100,000

Flo FM Umuahia, N100,000,

Radio Continental Lagos N200,000

Crystal 100.5FM Minna N100,000

For making unverifiable claims in their broadcast

Crowther FM Abuja,

Harmony FM Abuja,

Inspirational FM Uyo,

BCA FM Umuahia,

ABS FM Awka,

Minaj Systems Radio,

Obosi, IBC (Orient TV), Owerri,

Rainbow FM, Isheri,

Globe FM Bauchi,

Arewa Radio, Kano,

EBS Radio Benin and

Bond FM Lagos with fines of N100,000, N100,000, 100,000, 150,000, 100,000, N100,000, N50,000, N100,000, N100,000,N100,000, N100,000 and N499,000 respectively.

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This seems to contravene the right of media platforms to express and communicate freely under ‘Press Right’ treaties.

According to the United Nations‘ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”.

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