Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos has been fined N5M by the National Broadcasting Commission(NBC) for airing news it termed to be a hate speech.
The Programme which brought about this fine by NBC) is called ” Morning Cross fire” which was aired 10th August btw 8.30 to 9.00am.
The Commission has warned that it would not hesitate to suspend the Broadcast Licence of broadcast stations that continue to breach the Code, warning broadcast stations to desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content, or be ready to face appropriate sanctions.
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the NBC:
“By virtue of the provisions of some of the sections, stations are not allowed to broadcast contents that could incite to crime or lead to public disorder or programmes that contain anything that amounts to subversion of constituted authority, capable of compromising the corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign entity.
Broadcasters are to balance all issues in public interest and ensure that information given in a programme, in whatever form, is accurate.
”Consequent on these provisions and in line with the amendment of the 6thedition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, has been fined the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), only.
”This is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide platform for subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such.”