A review of the sixth Broadcasting Code of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) which raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million, has been launched by the federal government.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who unveiled the document at an event in Lagos on Tuesday August 4, said the code was reviewed in line with the directive of the President for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the NBC in the wake of the 2019 general elections.
The minister who disclosed that the President approved many recommendations aimed at repositioning the NBC to better perform its regulatory role, added that Buhari has also ordered the probe of the conduct of the various broadcast stations before, during and after the polls.
He noted that the government’s intention was for the good of the country and further stressed the need to catalyse the growth of the local industry and create jobs for creative Nigerian youths.
Lai Mohammed’s speech read;
REMARKS BY THE HON. MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, AT THE UNVEILING OF THE REVIEWED BROADCASTING CODE IN LAGOS ON TUESDAY AUG. 4TH 2020
Let me formally welcome all of us to this unveiling of the new amendment to the 6th Edition of the Broadcasting Code.
This event couldn’t have come at a more expedient time after the various stakeholders in the industry have ventilated their views on this all-important document.
This is an amendment to an existing 6th edition of the Code, which was launched in Kano in July 2019.
Before the launch of the Code in Kano, there were wide stakeholder meetings and discussions on virtually all the provisions of the 5th edition, which was now reviewed as the 6th edition.
The amendments were necessitated by a Presidential directive, in the wake of the 2019 general elections, for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as well as the conduct of the various broadcast stations before, during and after the elections.
Following the inquiry, Mr President approved many recommendations that will reposition the NBC to perform its regulatory role better. Key among the recommendations is the need to amend the provisions in the Code and Act.