NBC Urges TV And Radio Stations Over Inciting Comments On Herdsmen/Farmers Clash
Broadcast Regulator in Nigeria, The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sounded a note of warning to all Radio and TV Stations to be mindful of their news coverage and reportage as it pertains to the Herdsmen/Farmers clash in Benue State and other parts of the country.
According to the NBC, TV and Radio stations should refrain from broadcasting anything content that could be inciting or that could stoke more conflicts even as they perform their duty of informing people.
The Director-General of the Commission, Malam Is’haq Moddibo Kawu made this call yesterday at a press conference held in Abuja.
Malam Kawu confirmed that some unnamed stations may be punished soon for potentially escalating the crises surrounding the Fulani herdsmen killings.
He, therefore, called on Presenters and On-Air Personalities (OAPs) of the various radio and TV stations to always make sure to detach themselves from the story, practice balanced reporting and give the people the chance to air their views without subconsciously shaping it for them.
As gathered by Nigeria News, the NBC Director-General said: “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.
“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.
“As the country approaches the electioneering period, radio and TV stations must do everything professional to promote democracy.
“Don’t broadcast campaigns when the period for commencement of campaigns have not commenced.”