The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) says some radio and Television stations have been queried over the broadcasting of inciting contents relating to herdsmen/farmers violent clashes across the country. The NBC Director General Malam Is’haq Moddibo Kawu who disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday said the unnamed stations soon may be sanctioned for the roles they played in escalating the crises. He further disclosed that many of the stations would be fined for their tilted reports of the crises.
“We are disturbed by the pattern of insensitive and inflammatory broadcasts emanating from some broadcast stations, especially in their coverage of national crises, like the Herdsmen/Farmer crises. We have observed that some stations deliberately and repeatedly air very inciting contents long after the events break.
“We have warned stations that they must follow the tenets of the Broadcasting Code. Having warned broadcasters, we shall follow up with appropriate sanctions should any station continue to violate the Broadcasting Code. Many stations have been fined for hateful and inciting broadcast. It is important to remind our presenters and so-called On-Air-Personalities (OAPs), that they must be professionally detached from the stories and reports of crises phenomena.
“They are to offer platforms for Nigerians to present all the sides to issues in the news, not become the subjects of these stories, as they are wont to doing on many programs. This is especially true of political programs on broadcast stations". He warned broadcasting stations across the country to obey extant electoral laws and refrain from airing campaigns until INEC gives the go ahead.