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Hate Speech: Implement Recommendations Approved By President Buhari, NBC Ordered

LAI MOHAMMED 

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been ordered to implement the recommendation approved by Nigeria's president, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari. 

The order came from the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who particularly directed the NBC to immediately implement measures aimed at re-positioning the broadcast industry.

Lai Mohammed in a statement issued by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, explained that the directives became necessary following the submission of the report of the committee set up to work out the modalities for implementing the recommendations approved by retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari.

Lai Mohammed further stressed that the directive covers provision for the regulation of hate speech, among others.

Lai Mohammed said: “Following my satisfaction with the report which was very professional and detailed, I wish to direct the Commission to take the necessary measures to effect the implementation of the various provisions therein.

“This directive covers the provision for the regulation of the web and online TV/radio; regulation of international broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria; hate speech; human resource and staff welfare; funding for the reforms implementation; monitoring; Independence of the Regulator and ease of issuing Licenses  as well as competition and monopoly issues.

“This regulation prevents the misuse of monopoly or market power or anti-competitive and unfair practices by a foreign or local broadcaster to suppress other local broadcaster in the television and radio markets, having removed exclusivity from all content in Nigeria and mandated the sharing of all content upon the payment of commercially viable fees.”

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