The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said broadcast organisations “must adhere to journalistic values” and a code of ethics during next month’s elections.
Kaduna Zonal Director of NBC, Jamilu Jega issued the warning on Thursday at a conference by Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC), Kaduna, on the theme: “understanding Broadcasting Code for effective broadcast toward 2023 general election”.
Mr Jega emphasised the importance of broadcasters refraining from hate speech, fake news and divisive remarks while using political materials, in order to avoid sanction.
According to him, the commission has a sanction procedure in place that includes fines ranging from N200,000 to N5,000,000 for any broadcast station that violates the rules, depending on the gravity of the offence committed.
The IMC’s Co-Executive Directors, Rev James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, said the media conference became necessary due to the need to build the capacity of broadcast practitioners in order for them to uphold the guiding principles of their profession as well as to combat media sensationalism.
They pledged the Center’s commitment to working with the Kaduna state peace commission, religious bodies, and the media to promote tolerance and ensure free and fair elections.
Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kaduna State Council, Comrade Asmau Yawo Haliru expressed the council’s commitment to uphold “ethical values” of the profession to ensure “objective reporting” before, during and after the general election.
Reporting by Daniel Karlmax; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor