In a news article reported by Vanguard, The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Thursday warned that anyone that violet their broadcasting code will be dealt with full force of law.
NBC warned all broadcasting station to condut their business with highest professionalism and be guided by the broadcasting ethics and code.
In their statement, provisions of the Broadcasting Code: Section 3.1.: Professional Rules: 3.1.1: must be followed by all broadcasting station at all times and this state:
“No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain an offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity. And code: 3.1.19: The broadcast shall not transmit content that denigrates the social norms, values and culture of the society” was cited
In his warning letter to newsmen, Chibuike Ogwumike, zonal director of the NBC Lagos office, warns that any insulting message directed at the president, senator, house of representative or givernors will bring about a punishment for broadcasting station.
According to him “Monitoring activities indicate that in the recent time, some broadcast stations have abdicated their editorial responsibilities such that guests and callers on programmes abuse and insult leaders and those in authority freely and without caution.”
“To denigrate our elders and leaders in abusive terms is not our culture. We respect our leaders as a positive cultural value. “We expect Broadcasters, especially anchors to show professionalism in the handling of programmes such that guest or callers that exhibit such tendency are professionally handled. “The recourse to abusing, denigrating and insulting the President, Governors, MPs and other leaders does not show us as cultured people.”
This new directive have gotten many Nigerians talking on twitter as it came in the heel of Lai Mohammed new NBC code of conduct that was allegedly changed by the minster illegally.