FG mandates NBC to discourage dissemination of ‘hate speech’

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately implement measures aimed at re-positioning the broadcast industry.

This was contained in a statement regarding the NBC issued on Thursday, January 9 by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.

Mohammed said the directives became necessary; following the submission of the report of the committee set up to work out the modalities with the NBC. This is towards implementing the recommendations approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister said the directive given to the NBC covers provision for the regulation of hate speech, among others.

“Following my satisfaction with the report which was very professional and detailed; I wish to direct the Commission to take the necessary measures to effect the implementation of the various provisions therein.

“This directive covers the provision for the regulation of the web and online TV/radio; regulation of international broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria; hate speech; human resource and staff welfare; funding for the reforms implementation; monitoring; Independence of the Regulator and ease of issuing Licenses as well as competition and monopoly issues.

“This regulation prevents the misuse of monopoly or market power or anti-competitive and unfair practices by a foreign or local broadcaster to suppress other local broadcasters in the television and radio markets; having removed exclusivity from all content in Nigeria and mandated the sharing of all content; upon the payment of commercially viable fees.”

Mohammed added that the new regulations will compel broadcasters to utilize the content and services of Nigerian independent producers; in fulfilment of the regulatory requirements for 70 per cent local content.

According to him, the new regulations will also ensure that producers of content are paid promptly for adverts and sponsored content placed on all TV, radio and broadcast platforms.

He said that for musical content; the new regulation will ensure that broadcasters earn the right royalty to their works.

Ng daily

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