You Will Account For Comments Made By Your Guests- NBC Warns Broadcast Stations
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has again issued a stern warning to broadcast stations against the trend of inviting guests who use their platforms to make inflammatory comments that can lead to the breakdown of law and order in Nigeria. The Commission wants the stations to note that they will be held accountable for any breakdown of law and order.
The Director-General of NBC, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, issued this warning in a statement released on Monday in Abuja.
Ilelah said that the commission had observed that some guests on broadcast stations were making volatile allusions capable of causing unrest in the country.
The statement reads, “The NBC reminds all broadcasters covering and reporting the 2023 General Elections to endeavor to abide by the provisions of the Extant Electoral Law(s), the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, and other relevant regulations guiding the broadcast of elections in Nigeria.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Code admonished broadcasters in the following Sections.”
“5.3.3(k) not use any vote obtained at a polling station or from an exit poll to project or speculate on the chances of a candidate;
“5.3.3 (l) relay election results or declaration of the winner only as announced by the authorized electoral officer for the election.”
“The NBC ACT CAP N11, Laws of the Federation, 2004, also prescribes, in the third Schedule 12(6) that, “A licensee shall be responsible for the content of the Station’s Broadcast.”
He also emphasised the need for broadcasters to perform the role of peace agents by adhering to the principles of responsibility, accuracy, and neutrality.
“The commission, while reminding all broadcast stations by this release that they have a duty to promote sustainable democracy in Nigeria, also warns that appropriate sanctions would be meted out to any erring station,” he added.