The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has banned television stations, radio, newspapers and other online media from polarising the citizens with divisive rhetoric.
The July 7th circular advised broadcasters not to ‘transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the divisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.’
It warned newsmen not to popularize the victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian security forces.
“Headlines of most Newspapers daily are replete with security topics,” NBC said in a July 7 circular to broadcast stations published on Friday. “While bringing information on security to the doorsteps of Nigerians is a necessity, there is a need for caution as too many details may have an adverse implication on the efforts of our security officials who are duty-bound to deal with the insurgency.”
The regulator said broadcasters should only report worsening security crises across the country along with a set of angles.
“Not glamourising the nefarious activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits etc.
“Advising guests and/or analysts on programmes not to polarise the citizenry with divisive rhetoric, in driving home their point.
“Not giving details of either the security issues or victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents.”
“In reporting conflict situations, the broadcaster shall perform the role of a peace agent by adhering to the principle of responsibility, accuracy and neutrality.”
Source: People’s Gazette