Terrorism Broadcast: NBC Threatens Stiffer Sanctions
In response to documentaries about terrorism and banditry, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has threatened to levy a stiffer fine on cable television providers.
Trust TV reported on Wednesday that it had received a government notice mandating the payment of a N5 million punishment.
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The punishment is for the March 2022 airing of the documentary “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story.”
The Media Trust Limited arm was accused of violating the broadcasting rules in the NBC letter issued by Director-General Balarabe Shehu Illela.
Illela gave the impacted businesses a four-week deadline in the communication to adhere to the instruction.
Additionally, NTA-Startimes Limited, Telcom Satellite Limited (TSTV), and Multichoice Nigeria Limited (owners of DSTV) must each pay N5 million.
The broadcast of the BBC Africa Eye documentary “The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara,” according to the regulator, “promotes the actions of bandits and weakens National Security.”
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According to the federal authorities, the fines must be paid in full by all four businesses by August 30, 2022.
Illela cautioned, “Failure to do so will result in the imposition of a stiffer sentence as established in the Code.”
Platforms shouldn’t be used “to promote and glamorize disruptive elements and their operations,” the official stated.
The NBC claims that the following provisions of the sixth edition code were violated:
“3.1.1: No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity;
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“3.12.2: The broadcaster shall not transmit a program that incites or is likely to instigate violence among the people, resulting in widespread panic, political and social unrest, security breaches, and general social disturbance;
“3.11.2: The Broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a manner depicting that law and order are socially superior to, or more desirable than crime or anarchy.”
Arise TV, African Independent Television (AIT), and Channels Television were each fined between N2 million and N3 million on October 26, 2020 for their coverage of EndSARS.
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As young people demonstrated against police brutality and the shootings in Lekki, the NBC claimed that they contributed to the increase in violence across Nigeria.
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