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NBC to begin Censoring Media Houses - BellaNaijaThe National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that they will begin to censor media houses, starting October 1, 2017.

According to Sahara Reporters, NBC has laid down rules for media houses in the country to follow.

The rules were reportedly communicated to media houses at a meeting held on August 10, at NBC’s zonal office at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

NBC has said broadcast stations are not permitted to hold discussions on ongoing court cases.

The commission has said court cases can henceforth only be discussed at their early stages, and at the final stage, after a judgement has been given.

This implies that Nigerians will not be allowed to air their views on all court cases while it is ongoing.

Another rule states that broadcast stations will be fined N500k for any perceived hate speech expressed by callers during phone-in programs.

The commission has mandated that broadcast stations use screeners to censor calls before they are aired live.

The commission also said broadcast stations will be allowed to have only 5 phone-in shows a day.

The zonal director of NBC Matthew Okoduwa has said that though the commission understands that Nigerians are frustrated with the state of the nation, it will not permit such frustrations to be expressed through hate speech.

Okoduwa blamed presenters and anchors of phone-in shows for providing an avenue for callers to express hate speech live on air.

Newspaper reviews are also now allowed to be aired just once a day.

“Newspaper reviews can only be broadcast once a day in a station. Anything more than that would amount to a breach of the new rule,” Okoduwa said.

Viewers and listeners have also urged to contribute on social media, rather than phone-in on television and radio programs.

Also, the cost of phone calls will be borne by the broadcast station, and not the callers phoning in.

According to Sahara Reporters, some media houses have expressed concern over the NBC rules.

They have said it means Nigerians will not be allowed to air their opinions on important issues in the country, including political and social.

A media practitioner who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he believes that this will restrict the free speech of Nigerians.

The rules are especially suspicious, as the commission has not expressly stated what it terms “hate speech.”

The Acting President had on Thursday spoken against hate speech, saying it is a type of terrorism.

3 Comments

  1. Chi

    August 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    NBC and Federal Government people, una well done. You have officially tuned this Government into a Dictatorship. Una try

  2. NG

    August 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Stop cutting foliage and address the root of the problem please

  3. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    August 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    This government has suddenly shifted gear towards eradication of the freedom of speech of fellow Nigerians. There’s no justification for this? First and foremost. Is it because this government has finally realized their Voodo economics isn’t working for Nigeria. Instead of taking ownership of their bad economic agendas they think they will succeed in keeping our mouths shot? That’s not going to happen. We will take this illegal, and unconstitutional move all the way to the Nigeria Supreme Court.. I have said this many times before. Nigerians can’t trust President Buhari with power. He will not respect the rights of all Nigerians. As for the acting President, Professor Oshibajo. You’re a lawyer. You should know better the importance of freedom of expression In a Democracy. By making those remarks pertaining to this move. You have betrayed your noble profession. Secondly, Is it because Nigerians has finally caught up with the hypocrisy involved in some of the programs your administration has placed before Nigeria, and you don’t want us to say nothing about it? Program such as buy made in Nigeria everything bull shit A program which President Buhari himself does not have any moral ground to stand on when it comes to buying made in Nigeria health care. One thing I want you all in this government to remember. The time for another election beckons. Government go. Government come. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

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