- The board of the National Broadcasting Commission has rejected the amendments to the sixth edition of the NBC code recently unveiled by the information minister, Lai Mohammed
- Ikra Bilbis, the board's chairman, said stakeholders have voiced out understandable reasons against the new amendments to the code
- The NBC board chair said the only NB Code recognised by the board is the 6th edition of the NB code which was launched in 2019 in Kano
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The amendment to the sixth edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code is causing huge controversies in the country as many stakeholders express dissatisfaction.
A report by Channels TV reports that the board of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has also kicked against the amendments to the sixth edition of the code.
Legit.ng gathers that the chairman of the board, Ikra Bilbis, stated the position of the board on Thursday, August 13, while addressing a news conference in Abuja.
The board said it has compiled responses of various stakeholders and investors and found out most of them have put up understandable reasons against the amendment.
“As a board, we have received and taken our time to compile the responses of numerous stakeholders which include our Nobel Laureate, activists, legal practitioners, broadcasters, investors, Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), content creators, copyright experts, and professional organisations.
“Most of them have adduced reasonable reasons against the proposed amendment,” said Bilbis.
The NBC board chairman said the management of the commission did not undertake a proper consultation before making the amendments to the code.
He said the new amendments to the code were capable of destroying investments in the nation’s broadcast sector.
Recall that the reviewed 6th Broadcasting Code was unveiled in Lagos on Tuesday, August 4, by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed.
However, Bilbis stressed that the board was not in support of the reviewed code.
He also noted that some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had made observations to the minister at a meeting about the divisive broadcasts engaged in by some broadcast media before, during, and after the elections.
He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had also called for the need to strengthen the operations of the NBC to avert a reoccurrence.
The NBC board chairman, however, stressed that the noble observation of the President was misunderstood by the minister.
“The board of the NBC wishes to make it quite clear that as long as it is in place, the only NB Code that we recognise and which we shall work within the setting of operating policies and standards for the NBC is the 6th edition of the NB Code which was launched in 2019 in Kano.
"Another purported review has no board endorsement,” he stated.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government had raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million.
The minister of information made this known when he unveiled the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
Mohammed clarified that the amendments were necessitated by a presidential directive, in the wake of the 2019 general elections.
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