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Why NBC Stopped Details Of Insurgent Reportage By Radio, TV Stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed broadcast stations in Nigeria to stop reporting the details of attacks by bandits and insurgents.

In a letter from the commission’s director of broadcast monitoring Francisca Aiyetan to the various broadcasting agents, the order is in a bid to control details of either the security issues or victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardize the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents, as headlines of most Newspapers daily are replete with security topics.

The broadcasting regulatory body noted that 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 letter urged broadcast stations to be guided by provisions of sections 5.4.1(f) and 5.4.3 of the NBC Code which states that “the broadcaster shall not transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the divisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.

“In reporting conflict situations, the broadcaster shall perform the role of a peace agent by adhering to the principle of responsibility, accuracy and neutrality.”

The commission advised broadcasters to apply caution in their reportage as divulging “too many details” may have an adverse effect on the efforts of the Nigerian security agencies.

The NBC said some of the topics discussed during daily newspaper reviews have “ethnological coating” which pitches “one section of the country against the other and leaving Nigerians in daily hysteria.”

“The commission, therefore, enjoins broadcasters to collaborate with the government in dealing with the security challenges by; not glamourizing the nefarious activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits etc,” Aiyetan said.

“Advising guests and/or analysts on programmes not to polarize the citizenry with divisive rhetoric, in driving home their point”. the letter captured.

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