NBC warns Nigerian broadcast stations against hate speeches

A transistor radio used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: www.sony.jp]
A transistor radio used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: www.sony.jp]

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, says it will impose heavy sanctions on broadcast stations which promote hate speeches.

The Director General of the commission, Is’haq Kawu, said this on Thursday in Enugu at the inauguration of Family Love FM 99.9 at the European Quarters in Ngwo.

Mr. Kawu was represented at the event by a director in the commission, Armstrong Idachaba.

He said that the commission had taken note of hate speeches from some parts of the country, adding that it would guard against its infiltration in the broadcast industry.

“We are already seeing signs of hate speeches among Nigerians and would not tolerate it in the broadcast industry as we prepare for the 2019 elections.

“Our broadcast stations should rather be used to engender tolerance, mutual respect as well as promote unity among Nigerians,” he said.

Mr. Kawu said that the broadcast industry had witnessed tremendous growth in the last few years owing to the complete deregulation of the sector.

He said that there were about 800 radio stations in the country, adding that what was expected of them was healthy competition.

“We now have a very competitive private sector that is experiencing great growth.

“Competition in the sector now has multiplier effects in the country in terms of job creation and education.

“The competition among the various players in the industry must continue to be friendly,” Mr. Kawu said.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the Group Managing Director of Multimesh Broadcasting Company Ltd., Godfrey Ohuabunwa, said the company was conceived 32 years ago.

Mr. Ohuabunwa said that the station would usher in a new dimension to broadcasting in the South-East Zone of Nigeria.

“Our passion for broadcasting has its roots on the need to affect the society that is virtually derailing from basic tenets of upright living and morality.

“This decay has affected our society much so that there seem not to be value for life, stewardship and right standing with God,” he said.

He said that programmes of the station were structured toward the improvement of family values and standards.

Mr. Ohuabunwa appealed to regulators in the industry to provide a level playing ground and opportunities for private sector participation in the industry.

He also appealed to relevant government agencies to review downwards customs duties and taxes payable on communication and broadcast equipment for greater results.

“One of the problems which has continued to bedevil this industry is the cost of operations and roll out,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the company is also licensed as a private cable satellite broadcasting company and one of the biggest satellite distribution Pay TV companies.

It also has a radio station in Rivers, Abia and Abuja.

(NAN)


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  • dami

    I think the NBC should also define what a “hate speech” is in their view.
    Otherwise ambiguity will set in and overzealous security agencies and politicians will capitalize on this.

  • AryLoyds

    Animals , you now want to silence the masses when using the same hate speech to get power. God will punish you animals

    • dami

      Pls define what a hate speech is as you understand it?

      • AryLoyds

        Hate speech to me is fake news ! But to this Gov of buhari , it means any criticism is hate news

        • dami

          Therein lies the problem, how do you arrest someone for hate speech? How do you charge the person? It is subject to so many interpretations…

          • AryLoyds

            It is subject to the person and the message the Gov wants to silence

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      You must have been a bye product of an animal for you to identify one when you saw it.

      • AryLoyds

        Animals in Human skin -Fela !

      • Netanyahu

        Get lost, terrorist. Most of you jihadists have replaced your brain with cow dung. This is “hate speech”, abi? Goat.

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          Eastern goats,everybody is a terrorist in your evil and God forsaken enclave.

  • forestgee

    Shame on NBC…terrible people

  • ed

    NBC should ban free speech altogether.
    The Buhari tyrannical regime is in action.

  • emmanuel

    The APC is crashing very fast from her cliff. No one stifles freedom of speech by gagging its people and still remain in government.
    Not even animals will vote for the inglorious humans in 2019. They should share their stolen monoes for Nigerians, who will tell them who they are with the ballots.
    Hate speech? Buhari is the father of hate speech in Nigeria.
    The Judiciary is waiting for them. They will first interpret what is hate speech, before the real legal battles will begin. Shameless scums who have lead Nigerians into its great fall.

  • emmanuel

    Call for self determination, which is recognised by the UN is not hate. Self determination can come in form of cessetion from those who kill and maul down others, like the foolani herdsmen who kill and maul down Southerners and destroy their farms.
    They destroyed Olu Falae’s Farm again this week and some nitwits say they should not be criticised, yet they would not arrest them.
    Hate speech my foot.

  • Arabakpura

    You should also pay attention to the Villa where the greatest hate speeches emanate from!