Broadcast stations to pay N5m fine over hate speech - FG sets up committee

Broadcast stations to pay N5m fine over hate speech - FG sets up committee

- Minister Lai Mohammed says broadcast stations which encourage hate speeches will now be fined N5 million

- Mohammed also inaugurates an implementation committee to look into the recommendations of a team set up by President Muhammadu Buhari

- The implementation committee is given six weeks to submit its report

Broadcast stations in Nigeria which propagate hate speeches may now be forced to pay N5 million as fine, Lai Mohammed, minister in charge of information and culture, has declared.

Speaking while inaugurating a seven-man implementation reforms committee of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to reposition the broadcast industry, Mohammed noted that the reforms were recommended by an earlier committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Members of the implementation committee are Godfrey Ohuabunwa, acting chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON); J K Ehicheoya, director, legal services at the federal ministry of information and culture; and Hajia Binta Adamu Bello, secretary general of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON).

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Others are Ibrahim Jimoh, director of administration at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN); Hon Agbo Kingsley Ndubuisi, a board member at the NBC.

The minister said the fines were reviewed from N500,000 to N5 million for issues relating hate speeches, inciting comments and indecency and others.

According to the minister, the recommendations also include the independence of the NBC from political interference as it carries out its legal duties.

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The newly inaugurated implementation committee is to immediately work on the regulatory framework for further legislative action on the review of the NBC act by the National Assembly amid others.

The implementation committee has six weeks to submit its report. reported that the sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, recently charged the federal government to be decisive in dealing with those who are bent on heating up the polity with hate speeches, no matter highly placed they may be.

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