NBC Cautions Broadcast Stations Against Hate Speech

NBC Cautions Broadcast Stations Against Hate Speech
Is’haq Modibo Kawu director general National Broadcasting Commission

NBC Cautions Broadcast Stations Against Hate Speech

  • Reject Sanwo-Olu, others, Lagos APC factional chairman urges voters.
  • Candidate seeks more savings, investments to drive inclusion.

Director General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Is’haq Modibo Kawu, has asked stations to refrain from broadcasting hate speeches and inciting comments.

Speaking at a two-day workshop on political broadcast in Lagos yesterday, he said being professionals would ensure the consolidation of democracy, adding that the role of the media is central to the success of democracy.

The theme of the forum was: “The media coverage of 2015 elections, challenges, regulatory framework and the way forward for a credible 2019 elections.” In a communiqué after the workshop, participants agreed that there is a strong need for regulation, noting that NBC must engage station owners to allow broadcasters carry out their roles professionally.

The stakeholders advised that all stories must be facts-checked before going to press, while Advertising Standards Panel must vet political adverts.

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Meanwhile, a factional chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Foud Oki, has urged his supporters to reject the party’s candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the governorship election.

He made the call yesterday during the APC door-to-door and town hall meetings in Egbeda, Ikeja, Agege and Alimosho areas, while in another forum, Sanwo-Olu canvassed voters support, while urging Nigerians to increase investments and savings to drive financial inclusion, rather than consuming to drive financial inclusion.

Oki asked the people to vote for only President Muhammadu Buhari, but shun other APC candidates, even as he dismissed the resolution of the GAC on the moves to impeach Ambode, saying, the development would not resolve anything.

“We will vote for Buhari, but other candidates on the platform of the party were imposed on the people. This must stop, as Lagos must cease to be the personal political estate of one individual.

“President Buhari has freed the aggrieved members to vote their conscience in the elections. Since there are still aggrieved people within the party following last year’s party primaries, it would be wrong to force anybody to vote for people who are not theirs,” he said.