NBC threatens to shut down broadcast stations over election coverage
The Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Balarabe Ilelah, has threatened to shut down broadcast stations in Nigeria over coverage of the recent elections held on February 25, 2023.
This was disclosed in a statement following a meeting he held with broadcast stations on the coverage of the presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to Malam Ilelah, further breaches of the Broadcasting Code would not be tolerated, saying he would not hesitate to revoke the license of broadcasters threatening the peace of the country.
He said: “The NBC is giving its last warning to broadcast stations and will not hesitate to shut or revoke the license of any when convinced its activities are capable of undermining the peaceful coexistence of the country.
“Any further branches of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and Act will no longer be tolerated.”
Ilelah also added that NBC followed the coverage of the elections by some broadcast stations.
He noted that the affected stations availed some unpatriotic individuals their platforms to make subversive, hateful, and inciting utterances especially after the election.
He enjoined broadcast stations to avoid the promotion of negative conversations which are not only dangerous to democracy but posed threats to Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“In as much as the commission believes in the freedom of expression, it is also seriously constrained to act decisively on any broadcaster that exploits the fragile peace of our nation,” he added. Read more.